January 28, 1958 — Ed purchases a clay plant in Olmsted, Ill. for $39,000 (minus eight years of back taxes) from the American Charcoal Co. in Detroit and renames the new company “Star Enterprises.”

Marh 5, 1958 — Lowe’s Inc. investigates the use of additives such as sassafras bark and oil, to control odor in Kitty Litter.