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Large ships transporting shrink wrapped items
Temporary roof coverings installed during a hurricane
Disaster containments installed by Global Wrap
Large aircraft covered in shrink wrap for storage and shipping


In 1980, Joseph Seraphin partnered with James Talbot, who received the U.S. patent that started the shrink wrapping of boats.  The company developed the blue and white film used for the storage of boats in marinas and shipping across America and around the world, it is the standard that replaced blue poly and canvas tarps. They next received the patent for the shrink wrapping of aircraft, covering the first Apache helicopters for the U.S. Army which is now the standard method for shipping and storing aircraft.

In 1988, Joseph Seraphin led an American relief team into the city of Spitak, the epicenter of the Armenian Earthquake. The team worked with the local citizens and Russian soldiers to erect Global Wrap's Quick Shelters© in order to get the people out of the subfreezing temperatures. The city was leveled making thousands of people homeless, with over 15,000 killed.


In 1990 Mr. Seraphin did the same in the Iranian Earthquake. During the Kuwait War, Global Wrap went to Iran to build the Quick Shelters©.  Mr. Seraphin had to go through the Iranian Embassy, as the U.S, Embassy would not endorse or guarantee their safety, Air Lufthansa flew the crew to Germany and Iranian Airlines flew them to Tehran. Alitalia flew the materials and equipment direct to Tehran from Philadelphia. The crew returned a second time to go to another area along the Caspian Sea.


In 1994, Global Wrap® used this process to develop the system to shrink wrap new buildings under construction during the winter in order to keep the heat in, the trades working, and the projects on their critical paths to completion. This revolutionized temporary building enclosures for weather protection. In this same year, Global Wrap® installed the first shrink wrap Class 1 environmental containment for asbestos and lead abatement projects. 

In 1995, Global Wrap invented the shrink wrapping of roofs damaged by water, hail and fire; the company has worked in nearly every major hurricane since then. Within the same year, the company was called into the Oklahoma City Bombing by the insurance carrier and cleared by the FBI to wrap the damaged buildings across from the Murrah Federal Building in order to contain the asbestos that was blowing out onto the rescue workers below.

In 2005 Global Wrap® spent three months in New Orleans and Mississippi shrink wrapping buildings and roof decks after Hurricane Katrina. The crews installed on the average of 20,000 sf a day.

In 2010, Global Wrap® installed a Class 1 environmental shrink wrap containment over the Titan Crane on the Panama Canal to capture the lead paint particulates from falling into the canal, 347’ below.

Global Wrap continues to develop new applications and ancillary products to improve the containment systems Global Wrap develops to serve the Construction, Interior Protection and Environmental Industries. Many Fortune 500 companies need our help to meet their ecological and OSHA needs.

We boast a storied history marked by pioneering innovations and a relentless commitment to excellence. Over the years, we have carved a distinctive path in the containment industry, earning recognition as the foremost shrink wrap contractor in the United States.


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