Hall of  

Herman Blumenthal  (1915 - October 28, 2001)
Inducted 1999
   Successful businessman, noted philanthropist and supporter of community organizations, Herman Blumenthal left his mark on business and in North Carolina.

 Junior Achievement
   Radiator Specialty company was created by I. D. Blumenthal in 1925, when a chance encounter on a Charlotte business trip led him to find a new way to plug a radiator leak. In 1933, I. D. invited his younger brother Herman to join him in the small business.
   From that one product — Solder Seal, Herman and I. D. Blumenthal built the company into a diversified firm of more than 4,000 automotive, hardware, plumbing and traffic-safety products.
   Before World War II, the company's rubber products were primarily for plumbers, but during the conflict, their gasket sealant went into every U.S. warplane.
   With innovation and acquisition, Radiator Specialty now has several plants from California to Canada to Charlotte.
   With continued business success, I. D. acquired and operated a mountain tract called Wildacres with family members, including Herman — that eventually became a retreat for non-profit organizations for the betterment of human relations.
   Herman continued the family tradition of improving the community by spearheading many community improvement projects. One of many such projects was the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.


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