That's not bad, considering the company's founder, Robert DeMent, wasn't too sure what polyurethane was when he started the business in 1963.He
gambled that it had better growth potential than his
old job, which was etching gravestones.
and two partners -- friends from the Hickory Hills Lions club
-- bought the one and only polyurethane manufacturing franchise sold by Chemechanical
, a South Holland company, Bruce said.
When Robert DeMent
started the company, "everything was done by hand," Bruce, a Lemont resident, said.
partners invested $3,000 in the franchise, and Chemechanical
promised they'd double their money within the first year.
...Bruce's son Bob, of Palos Heights, joined Kastalon three years ago as a salesman and is now the company's purchasing manager.