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Hanging Loose Since 1939

Our Story

We’ve been around long enough to see a few things, and the world has certainly changed over the years. But regardless of how things have evolved, three constants remain: metal rusts, parts lock up, knuckles get scraped. To solve these universal challenges, we established the Kroil brand in 1939 with the goal of producing the very best penetrants on the market. Since then, our Original and Silicone formulas have been getting hard-working folks out of tightly locked situations in just about every industry…and quite a few home scenarios as well.

1939 – Kroil brand and Kano Laboratories founded by Thomas J. O’Kane in Chicago, Illinois

1950 – Kano Laboratories moves to Nashville, Tennessee

1980 – Kano Laboratories is purchased by brothers, Rhoads and Peter Zimmerman

1997 – 13oz AeroKroil introduced

1998 – Kroil Nashville headquarters expanded to 10,000sqft.

2000 – 16.5oz SiliKroil introduced

2007 – 16.5oz AeroKroil introduced

2019 – Kano Laboratories celebrates its 80th Anniversary

2020 - Kano Laboratories acquired by private investors to build and refresh the iconic Kroil brand, and expand its market presence.

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