About Us

Wisdom Has a Long History of
Exceeding Customers’ Expectations

For five generations, Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide has
made the finest adhesives and personalized service our business

 No one knows the adhesives business like Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide. For five consecutive generations, the Wisdom family has focused on providing the leadership to grow in worldwide capabilities while maintaining the personalized service that has made our company the longest continuously operating adhesives manufacturer headquartered in North America.  In 1875, Phillip Wisdom founded our company in the wake of the Chicago Fire. Today, Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide delivers fast technology, fast service, and fast response at the speed of sound.

Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide develops and manufactures custom adhesives for the packaging, paper converting, graphic arts, bookbinding, product assembly, textile and general purpose industries. And we have remained loyal to our original market of bookbinders and publishers in this digital age, a list of which reads like a historical “Who’s Who.”


Research and Development Department


Equipped with the most technologically advanced processing equipment, Wisdom Adhesives’ facility in Elgin, IL manufactures water-based, dextrin, and protein adhesives and includes hot-melt capabilities that produce mini-chip, pressure sensitive and other specialty products. We offer a wide range of tolling, packaging and private labeling capabilities.

With its team of scientists our on-site research and development department is continually working on new ways to strengthen Wisdom Adhesives product lines to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs for highly efficient and environmentally sustainable adhesives.

Responsive Customer Service is Wisdom’s Way


When you do business with Wisdom Adhesives, our experienced and knowledgeable team of adhesives specialists will provide the support you need. We have a long-standing commitment to responding to our customers and their needs faster than any other company in the industry – often with a 24-hour turnaround. We take pride in providing our customers with personalized service second to none. Exceeding customer expectations is The Wisdom Way.