Cleaning Products Pioneer Nicholas McKay, Sr. Passes

Butler Home Products is remembering the late Nicholas McKay, Sr. as a pioneer in the cleaning products industry who played a “significant role” in the company’s heritage.

McKay died recently at the age of 93 in Phoenix, AZ.

McKay is credited with inventing the first consumer lint roller in 1956 and founded HelMac Products Corp. in Flint, MI, to produce the item, Butler officials said. The company recently acquired HelMac, doing business as The oneCARE Co.

“We are all saddened by the loss of a true pioneer in our industry, and one who has meant so much to this company in particular,” said Michael Silverman, senior vp/marketing at Butler Home Products.  “Mr. McKay left a lasting impression in the cleaning products business, just as I’m certain he did in life. He will be missed, and he will long be remembered by all of us here at Butler.”