Faultless Starch/Bon Ami History and Timeline
Throughout the years of fashion and fabric trends, Faultless Starch has remained the brand consumers trust to help them look fresh and fabulous. Today’s Faultless Starch package still features the signature star of the early packaging, along with the promise “makes ironing easier.”
Today the Faultless Brand responds to the needs of time-crunched households with Faultless Premium Starch, Lavender Heavy Starch, ironing free wrinkle removers, and new product innovations still in testing and development.
Major Beaham's first product, dry white starch, earned immediate acceptance among housewives of the late 1880's because it was simple to use and did not require lengthy boiling. Faultless soon became a household word in the Midwest and Southwest, as women found that the product had many uses other than starching clothes, such as adding an elegant finish to embroidery and lace, treating skin irritations and as both a baby powder and a bath powder.
Faultless' popularity was enhanced, particularly in Texas and the Indian Territory, by the Faultless Starch books attached to the boxes of starch. Salesman John Nesbitt took wagonloads of the books into Texas in the 1890's and attached them to the Faultless Starch boxes with rubber bands. The books were designed as a supplement or substitute for school texts and primers and many people actually learned to read by reading the thirty-six books that were published from the 1890's to the 1930's. The books are still traded on auction web sites.
The original Faultless Starch Company plant was rebuilt after the flood of 1903 in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City. As the company grew and required more space, the plant was expanded at the existing site at 1025 West Eighth Street. In 1968, it was apparent that the business had outgrown its office space within the plant building. The New England Building, constructed in 1887 (the year Faultless was founded) was purchased. The company offices moved into the building at Ninth and Wyandotte Streets in 1978. In 1991, the company moved its offices to the River Market district of Kansas City. It is a colorful, restored river landing district on the banks of the Missouri River.
The company moved to its current headquarters in 2009. More >>
The company is still run by the Beaham family with Gordon T. Beaham, III, the great-grandson of Major Thomas G. Beaham, serving as Chairman and Co-CEO; and Robert B. Beaham, a member of the fifth generation of family members to be active in the business, serving as Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Co-CEO. David G. Beaham, who served President and Co-CEO, until his death in 2011, was also a member of the fifth generation of family members to serve at Faultless. Carolyn Beaham West, Vice-President and a sibling of Robert and David, serves as head of the Bon Ami brand and as the Director of Sustainablity.
‘86 Major Thomas G. Beaham joins Smith & Moffit.
Beaham & Moffit acquires Faultless Starch from Bosworth Manufacturing.
Bon Ami founded, Manchester, Connecticut.
‘87 “Founding year” of current company.
‘91 Beaham & Moffit becomes Faultless Starch Company.
‘96 Bon Ami trademarks “Hasn’t Scratched Yet!”®
‘01 Gordon T. Beaham joins Faultless.
‘02 Faultless Starch Company incorporates.
‘04 Bon Ami is #1 Cleaner in America (‘04-’48)
‘31 Gordon T. Beaham, Jr. joins Faultless.
‘51 Floods strike manufacturing plant.
Faultless was the first company to restore business after the flood.
‘60 Gordon T. Beaham, III joins Faultless.
Faultless introduces Spray-On Starch.
‘62 Faultless offers products to U.S. commissaries and exchanges worldwide.
‘64 Faultless offers starches and chemicals to commercial laundries.
Faultless introduces Fabric Finish.
‘65 Faultless introduces Hot-Iron Cleaner.
‘68 Faultless acquires Kleen King metal cleaners.
Faultless introduces Spray Pre-Wash.
‘71 Faultless acquires Bon Ami.
‘76 Faultless acquires U.S. rights to Garden Weasel.
‘87 Company Centennial.
Faultless acquires WeedPopper.
‘89 Faultless acquires Steel Glo.
‘92 Faultless acquires U.S. rights to Garden Claw.
‘97 Faultless acquires Magic Sizing.
Faultless acquires Trapp Private Gardens.
‘98 General Alarm Fire threatens Faultless.
‘00 Campus plan - to develop the oldest part of Kansas City.
Faultless Starch offers full product line and improved scents.
‘01 Register of Historic places.
‘02 Campus construction begins.
‘04 Complete construction of state-of-art warehouse.
‘07 Faultless introduces new environmentally friendly packaging for starch products.
‘08 Garden Weasel extends product line.
‘09 Trapp Private Gardens launches Evoque.
Completion of historically renovated world headquarters.