Seal-Krete President Byron Lapin Dies
Byron Lapin believed in his father’s idea of “convenience in a can.”
When the son took over as president and CEO of his father’s business in the 1970s, he expanded the idea to create a company that specialized in specialty coatings, sealants and adhesives for use in commercial, industrial and residential construction, according to Convenience Products’ corporate website.
Mr. Lapin, 73, died suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 10, at his home.
He was the president and CEO of Convenience Products, which manufactures Touch ‘n Foam, Touch ‘n Seal, and Seal-Krete, according to a statement released by the company on Monday (Nov. 16). The company has locations near St. Louis, where the elder Lapin had founded parent company Clayton Corporation; and Auburndale, FL.
Family Tradition of Aerosol
The elder Lapin—Aaron “Bunny” Lapin—developed the idea of packaging real whipped cream in an aerosol container to extend its shelf life in 1948, according Clayton Corporation’s website. The product became known as Reddi-wip. Soon, the elder Lapin founded Clayton Corporation to make the valves for those cans.
At the time of Byron's death, Clayton Corporation—which is still owned by the Lapin family—employed 257 people at its Fenton, MO; Pacific, MO; and Auburndale facilities, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. In addition to the aerosol valves, the company makes plastic components for manufacturers.
Mr. Lapin earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Los Angeles after graduating Beverly Hills High School in California, according to the Business Journal.
Prior to working for his father’s company, the journal reported that Byron was a talent agent for the GAC Agency in Hollywood. It was there that he met his wife, Sharon Vaughn.
He served on the board of Dance St. Louis and, with his wife, was a founding member of the St. Louis Science Center’s Albert Einstein Society, the journal noted. He and his wife also were members of the St. Louis Club and Missouri Athletic Club.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, is a sister, Linda Levine, of Los Angeles.
Services were held in St. Louis. Mr. Lapin will be entombed in Los Angeles.