«Previous    Next»
How To Take Notes In The Rain
In 1916, while searching for a more efficient way to tally lumber in the Pacific Northwest, Jerry L. Darling came up with a paper coating formula. Dipping one sheet at a time, he and his wife, Mary, created weatherproof paper which came to be known as Rite in the Rain. Over a century later, the patented coated paper is now used to make a variety of paper and notebook products at the Tacoma, Wash., business.
“We know rain and have the only pulp-based, waterproof paper,” says Emily Evans, who works in marketing for Rite in the Rain.
While the notebooks and paper are still useful in the logging industry, the biggest customer is the U.S. military, followed by researchers and all types of industries.
“Our biggest agriculture product is the beef calving notebook and also notebooks for researchers,” Evans says, noting the notebooks are ideal for anyone working outside where it can be wet or dirty.
“If coffee is spilled on it, the paper repels the liquid and you can wipe it up. If it gets dropped in the water, it may get warped, but your notes won’t wash away,” she says. Some customers work in drier environments but deal with dirt, grime and other undesirable materials that can be easily wiped off, thanks to the coating.
Ordinary pens, permanent markers and mechanical and regular pencils can be used. The only exceptions are gel pens or water-based ink pens which won’t write on the coating.
Rite in the Rain’s most popular product is the $3.95 3 by 5-in. top spiral pocket notebook, which comes in a variety of colors and special editions.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, JL Darling LLC, 2614 Pacific Highway E., Tacoma, Wash. 98424 (ph 253-922-5000; customerservice@riteintherain.com; www.riteintherain.com).

  Click here to download page story appeared in.

  Click here to read entire issue

To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.
Order the Issue Containing This Story
2022 - Volume #46, Issue #2