Here are some basic facts about our company and the recognition it has earned over the years.
- W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., was founded January 1, 1958, in Newark, Delaware, by Wilbert L. (Bill) and Genevieve (Vieve) Gore.
- Gore is one of the 200 largest privately held U.S. companies.
- Today, with more than $3 billion in annual sales and more than 10,000 employees (called Associates) worldwide, the company is owned by members of the Gore family and Associates. Gore prefers this private ownership and believes this reinforces a key element of its culture to “take a long term view” when assessing business situations.
- By using proprietary technologies with the versatile polymer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Gore has created numerous products for electronic signal transmission; fabric laminates; medical implants; as well as membrane, filtration, sealant, and fibers technologies for diverse industries.
- Gore has been granted more than 2,000 patents worldwide in a wide range of fields, including electronics, medical devices, and polymer processing.
- More than 40 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide.
- Gore has offices in more than 25 countries, with manufacturing operations in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., China and Japan.
Among Our Distinctions
- Earned the number three spot on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list by the Great Place to Work® Institute in 2015. The ranking is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence and identifies the top 25 best multinational companies in terms of workplace culture.
- Named on FORTUNE's annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list, earning the number 17 spot in 2015. Gore is one of only a few companies to appear on all of the U.S. lists since the ranking was initiated in 1984, including 18 FORTUNE® magazine lists (1998-2015) and three 100 Best Companies to Work For in America books (1984, 1985 and 1993).
- Cited as a best workplace in Greater China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
- Included on the "Fast 50" list of the "Most Innovative Companies in the World" by Fast Company magazine in 2009.
- Recipient of the United Kingdom's 1989 Pollution Abatement Technology Award and the 1985 Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind.
- DuPont's prestigious Plunkett Awards recognized
GORE-TEX®Soft Tissue Patch (1988), GORE-TEX®Radome Laminate (1989), ONE-UP®Pump Diaphragms (1995), GLIDE® Floss (1995), STA-PURE®Pump Tubing (2000), GORE-TEX®Antistatic Workwear (2002), ELIXIR® Strings (2004), GORE™ Universal Pipe Gasket (2004), GORE™ OMNIBEND™ fiber (2006), FLEXIBOND® product (2006) and GORE® Turbine Filters (2013).
- Bob Gore, former president and CEO, was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1995. In 2003, for his contributions to the chemical industry, he received the Chemists' Club Winthrop-Sears Medal from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. In 2005 the Society of Chemical Industry presented him with the Perkin Medal, the highest honor given in the U.S. for outstanding work in applied chemistry. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Founder Bill Gore was posthumously inducted into The Plastics Academy's Plastics Hall of Fame in 1990.
- Bill and Vieve Gore were inducted into Junior Achievement's Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 1991 and into the National Business Hall of Fame in 2003.