Our History
Imagining, discovering and inventing for more than 50 years.
1958: Company founders Bill and Vieve Gore
1976: GORE-TEX® fabric is introduced to the market
1997: Gore moves into the minimally invasive medical products business

W. L. Gore & Associates: Bringing Dreams to Reality

Founders Bill and Vieve Gore started W. L. Gore & Associates in the basement of their home in 1958. The company initially served the electronic products market. Gore has achieved long term success at translating dreams into tangible, valuable realities for customers and communities around the world.

The 1969 discovery by Bill and Vieve’s son, Bob Gore, of a remarkably versatile new polymer led the enterprise into myriad new applications in medical, fabric, and industrial markets. As the company that invented this new polymer, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (or ePTFE), and introduced it in the marketplace, Gore is committed to remaining a leader in fluoropolymers.

The depth of Gore’s technical know-how has contributed to a wide range of processes and creative, reliable technologies that continue to solve problems and change outcomes for people around the world.

See 50 Years of Gore History Online

Learn more about Gore history on this interactive timeline (U.S. Site).