Mullowney Lath & Plaster is a company managed by a team of professionals with over 100 years of combined experience in the plastering industry. With offices located in Park Ridge and Chicago, we are capable of servicing our customers’ needs throughout Chicagoland and surrounding states.
Our mission is to exceed the expectations of our customers and earn their loyalty by providing the finest quality of work and service from competent professionals whose values of honesty and integrity are of the highest standard. We try to keep our job sites very clean and work around the busy schedules of our clients. We also strive to finish our work in a timely fashion.
We are a company that continually stays on the cutting edge of technology, providing experienced craftsmen who use the latest techniques and materials to produce outstanding results.
Our team is made up of dedicated, skilled professionals whose level of knowledge and experience is unsurpassed.
We are proud of our strong reputation of providing customers with the quality of products and services they have grown accustomed to.
Our company recognized that our employees are our greatest resource. We welcome diversity and respect individuals of different race, religion and culture.
Our vision is to make certain that the quality of our work is long-lasting and that our commitment to our values will ensure our profit goals are met and company growth will continue.
SHORT HISTORY OF PLASTER
Plaster has been in use for thousands of years. It can be seen in pyramids and temples, churches and Roman buildings. The most ancient plaster discovered was used circa 9000 B.C. in the region of Mesopotamia. In 7500 B.C., Jordanians used a mixture of lime and limestone. The Greeks also used gypsum, in ancient Egypt; the Egyptians used plaster mainly as a surface for their decorations. There are lots of examples of Roman use, particularly in the remnants of the city of Pompeii. They used a hard, fine plaster on their walls and ceilings, with wonderful relief ornamentation.
Plaster has been used in art, and in the manufacture of homes and countless buildings throughout the ages. In Medieval and revival times, gesso, which is plaster of Paris mixed with glue, was used to grant the ground for tempera and oil painting. Medieval Europeans had a production system known as wattle-and-daub; wooden frames filled with plaster. Even the Native Americans used clay to form a sort of plaster that filled holes within a framework of small branches woven like basketwork between supporting poles, resembling the wattle-and-daub method.
It is a resourceful medium that stands the test of time. Even today, buildings that are hundreds of years old still have plaster in outstanding condition. In the nineteen hundreds plaster was mostly replaced by gypsum board (also called sheetrock or drywall), not because of better quality, but because it was less labor intensive and cost less. Plaster has been replaced, and in some cases almost forgotten, but its quality cannot be matched or outdone by the materials that are being used in its place.