Americolor co-founder dies


LA QUINTA, CA — Don David, known as the pioneer of the dyeing industry, died in his sleep February 5 at his home in La Quinta.

David had a huge impact on the carpet dyeing industry as a whole. Alongside his older brother, Ernest David, the two started AAA Dye & Chemical in Torrance, California, in 1978. Now under the name Americolor Corp, the company has flourished — owning seven lines of dye — and is known as the largest and oldest carpet dye company in America.

It is estimated David taught over 5,000 students worldwide in carpet dyeing. He was known for his jovial attitude, Hawaiian shirts and being generous with free dye advice to all.

David was an integral part of writing the first IICRC Color Repair exam and bringing the IICRC to Japan. David and Ernie David also developed the first carpet dye machine in America, which is still used today. David used this very machine to dye over one million yards of carpet in the sum of his career.

Many in the industry will miss David including his business partners and family members Ernest and Melody David.

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