Information about Life Industries Corp.
Life Industries Corporation is a privately held, second generation
company. It was founded by Edwin Kehrt as a spin-off from a theatrical
hardware company he owned. He purchased the theatrical hardware
company in 1953 and in the early 1960’s he began to diversify
In 1969 Life Industries Corporation became its own
entity. Mr. Kehrt’s experience in the Pacific arena during
WWII gave birth to the introduction of polysulfide caulking into the
marine market. During WWII, as a Capt. in the US Army, Mr. Kehrt
was responsible for running the floating power plant in Manila, which
also produced liquid oxygen and nitrogen. He became familiar
during that time with polysulfide, which was being used by the military
to repair bullet holes in aircraft fuel tanks. In the early 1960’s,
this technology was released for use by the public at the same time
Mr. Kehrt purchased his first boat. Finding that there were no
suitable sealants/caulking available in the marine industry, he drew
on his experience some 20 years prior and introduced polysulfide into
the marine industry.
Mr. Kehrt was the first to bring caulking and sealants
as we know them today into the industry. Over the years, many
other products such as epoxies, waxes, cleaners, polishes and sealers
have been developed by our in-house personnel and brought to market. Many
of which either have received patents or are proprietary.
In the early 1970’s Life Industries purchased a manufacturing
company which specialized in coatings and flooring. This greatly
expanded our manufacturing capabilities and was a nice compliment to
our packaging capabilities. In 1979 the two companies merged
into one location and in 1995 relocated from Long Island to South Carolina. Mr.
Kehrt’s daughter, Grace L. Schmidt, has been President since
1989. Mr. Kehrt retired in 1990. Life Industries products
are mainly packaged and sold under the BoatLIFE® brand worldwide.