Who owns Gorilla Glue? Brand apologizes to Tessica Brown after hair horror, a look at its past controversies

In a statement the brand said, 'We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident that Miss Brown experienced using our Spray Adhesive on her hair'

                            Who owns Gorilla Glue? Brand apologizes to Tessica Brown after hair horror, a look at its past controversies
Tessica Brown used Gorilla Glue Spray on her hair (Gorilla Glue/ Instagram/Tessica Brown)

Gorilla Glue Co. has officially released a statement addressing the issue of Tessica Brown, the woman who styled her hair with Gorilla Glue spray adhesive and suffered severe consequences. Gorilla Glue apologized about the 'unfortunate incident' and wished Brown speedy recovery. The company went on to include a disclaimer in their statement, specifying that their products are dangerous if they come in contact with skin, eyes or hair. 

"We are very sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident that Miss Brown experienced using our Spray Adhesive on her hair. We are glad to see in her recent video that Miss Brown has received medical treatment from her local medical facility and wish her the best," the company tweeted. 



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Who is the owner of Gorilla Glue?

Gorilla Glue is well-known for its range of polyurethane glues and super-adhesive products that have taken the US by storm since its launch in 1991. The company was founded by Mark Singer in 1991 after he discovered the usage of extra adhesive glue for furniture-making and carpentry in Indonesia. Singer branded the product 'Gorilla Glue', indicating its hyper-adhesive strength.

He acquired the rights for the product for North America, imported and sold it directly to carpenters and consumers alike. The company gradually branched out to develop and launch adhesive products for different surfaces such as stone, metal, ceramic, glass and foam. 


The firm was later purchased by Lutz Tool Company, owned by Nick Ragland Sr, who later changed the company name to The Gorilla Glue Company. At present, The Gorilla Glue Co. is privately owned by the Ragland family and is based out of Cincinnati. Later, the family also acquired O'Keeffe's skincare products, which manufactures moisturizers and skincare solutions especially for those who do hard physical labor on a regular basis. 

Presently, the company is headed by Nick Ragland Jr and his brother Peter Ragland, both of whom are co-presidents.


The brand now has a global presence with over 650 employees in the company, as reported by Babson Thought & Action. In the same report, Nick Ragland had opened up about the struggles of running a family business.

Gorilla Glue hazards

Brown might be the butt of all jokes on the internet now, but it is not the first time Gorilla Glue has landed itself into a controversy. The range of products sold by the company are hazardous in multiple ways — be it through inhalation or accidental contact with eyes or skin. If ingested, it can lead to gastrointestinal blockage and can also put a person's life at risk if medical intervention does not happen immediately.

The Gorilla Glue adhesive, which is marketed as a household product, is not recommended to be used by asthmatic individuals without a doctor's clearance. In fact, experts advise the use of gloves while handling the product since its composition allegedly has carcinogens. 


The product has to be strictly kept out of reach of children or pets since accidental inhalation or consumption of the same can cause irreparable damage and can even be fatal.

Past controversies surrounding Gorilla Glue

In 2018, a 7-month-old Rottweiler puppy in Kansas City almost died after chomping on a bottle of Gorilla Glue. After treating a severe cantaloupe-sized foreign growth in her stomach, the veterinarian ruled that the puppy could have died if there was even a slight delay in the surgery. Following the accident, pet care communities online posted warnings to keep Gorilla Glue away from animals at home. 

A video posted by ViralHog in July 2020 shows the plight of a man whose hands got stuck together after he mistook Gorilla Glue for hand sanitizer. It might appear funny at the outset, but the removal process is quite tricky and often needs medical intervention.


Despite such controversies, Gorilla Glue has prevailed as a common household product for its fast drying and super-adhesive properties. It remains to be seen if Brown aka the viral Gorilla Glue girl proceeds with a lawsuit against the corporate this time. 

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