Dymo Corporation is a company based in Stamford, Connecticut, in the United States. It is a manufacturer of products for labelling. Its products are manual and electronic label makers, including the Dymo LabelWriter.
In 1958, DYMO was founded in California by Rudolf Hurwich as DYMO Industries, where it introduced the first personal label maker, the embosser. Over the next ten years, DYMO expanded its business into Europe, and in the late 1960s, established its European headquarters in Sint Niklaas, Belgium. In 1978, DYMO Industries was acquired by Esselte Office Products, a large worldwide office supplies manufacturers. Under the Esselte umbrella, DYMO was able to expand its distribution. In 1990, DYMO expanded its product line to include electronic labelmakers. These new battery-powered labelmakers, with built-in keyboards, LCD screens and numerous formatting functions grew into DYMO's biggest product. DYMO continued to grow through the 1990s. In 1998, Esselte Office products acquired CoStar Corporation, a USA firm based in Connecticut that had pioneered the market for small, dedicated label printers that connected to PC and Macintosh computers. CoStar's tiny LabelWriter printers enable users to print one at a time labels directly from their desktop computers, eliminating the hassle of printing labels with standard office printers. The LabelWriter printers handle labels for envelopes, packages, file folders, disks, CDs and other media, name badges and Internet postage. The printers include software, and work with programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and the Palm Desktop. The addition of the LabelWriter line meant that DYMO offered the most complete line of labeling and identification products on the market. By 2000, CoStar LabelWriter printers had been renamed DYMO LabelWriter printers. The organizational structure of DYMO changed in 2000. CoStar's CEO, Philip J. Damiano, became the President of DYMO Corporation. The CoStar team in Connecticut took over responsibility for the sales and marketing of all of the DYMO product lines sold in North America, along with product development for LabelWriter printers and their supplies. In Europe, DYMO management was centralized in Sint Niklaas, Belgium, where the organization handles sales and marketing for Europe, product development for embossing and electronic labelmakers, and the development and manufacturing of all embossing and electronic tapes.
In November 2005, Dymo was acquired by Newell Rubbermaid, for $730 Million USD. As of 2007, DYMO offers a range of labeling products - from simple embossers and PC connected label printers to the DYMO DiscPainter. DYMO labelmakers are used in the home, office and in industrial applications such as bar coding, wire and cable marking, color matching, medical instrumentation and security.