Bill and Vieve Gore
  • W. L. Gore & Associates was founded January 1, 1958, in Newark, Delaware, by Wilbert L. (Bill) and Genevieve (Vieve) Gore.
  • Today, with $4.5 billion in annual revenues, the enterprise is privately owned. Our more than 12,000 employees (called Associates) worldwide are also part owners of the enterprise through the Associate stock ownership plan. 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.
  • Gore has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 200 largest privately-held U.S. companies.
  • By using proprietary technologies with the versatile polymer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Gore has created numerous products for medical implants; fabric laminates; and cable, filtration, sealant, membrane, venting and fiber technologies for diverse industries.
  • Gore has more than 3,500 unique inventions worldwide in a wide range of fields, including electronics, medical devices and polymer processing.
  • More than 50 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 facilities in the U.S., Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan and China.

Our History

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, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, mobile electronics, music and semiconductor industries. 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.

October 28, 2019 marked the 50th Anniversary of Bob Gore's discovery of expanded PTFE. Watch the video where Bob Gore shared reflections with his son Scott, about the discovery, the milestones and what's ahead.

Click through to witness Gore's historic milestones.

Responsible Enterprise

At Gore, we believe that the integrity of environmental, health and safety performance aligns with our Gore brand promise of Together, improving life for all Gore Associates, customers and the communities we serve. We carefully consider the effects of our products and operations on the environment, as well as on the health and well-being of people. We are committed to using our materials science expertise to create products that improve the quality of life and address sustainability challenges for generations to come. Our expectation is that the value of our innovations is greater than the environmental and social impact of our products and operations.

If you become aware of anything that violates, or appears to violate, the Associates’ Standards of Ethical Conduct or any applicable law, regulation or company policy, we ask that you report your concerns using the Integrity Helpline.

Awards & Distinctions

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  • Gore is Great Place to Work-Certified™ in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy and UK.
  • Included on the Fortune Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production™ list in 2022 and 2021.
  • Rated on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for 2022.
  • Selected as #2 on Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators 2021 list.
  • Recognized as a Best Workplaces for Millennials™ by Fortune in 2021.
  • Included on the PEOPLE® Companies that Care list in 2020.
  • Included on the Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces for Diversity™ list in 2019.
  • 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), GORE® Turbine Filters (2013) and GORE™ High Temperature Capacitors (2018).
  • 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.

Read About Gore

W. L. Gore & Associates is as well known for its unique organizational style as it is for its unique products. If you're interested in reading what others have to say about our company, the books and articles listed on this page are good places to start.

Are you a student doing research on Gore? Be sure to check with your school librarian to find more resources. Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, we are no longer able to answer questions about our company from individuals.


  • Gary Hamel, What Matters Now, Jossey-Bass, 2012
  • Edward Lawler II and Christopher Worley, Management Reset, Jossey-Bass, 2011
  • Peter Skarzynski and Rowan Gibson, Innovation to the Core, Harvard Business Press, 2008
  • Alan Deutschman, Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life, Regan Books, 2007
  • Gary Hamel, The Future of Management, Harvard Business Press, 2007
  • R. Keith Sawyer, Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration, Basic Books, 2007
  • Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... And Others Don't, HarperCollins, 2001
  • Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz, The 100 Best Companies to Work For in America, Doubleday, New York, 1993


  • Deborah Ancona, Elaine Backman, Kate Isaacs, "Nimble Leadership," Harvard Business Review, July-August 2019
  • Drake Bennett, "The GORE-TEX Eye," Bloomberg Businessweek, May 2019
  • "The 100 Best Companies to Work For," FORTUNE magazine, 1998-2016
  • Robert Safian, "How to Lead in a Time of Chaos," Fast Company, October 2012
  • Laura Laing, "Profile: W. L. Gore & Associates," Exceptional (an Ernst & Young publication), July-December 2012
  • Eric Ng, "Engineering Corporate Creativity," South China Morning Post, July 2012
  • Rachel Emma Silverman, "Who's the Boss? There isn't One," The Wall Street Journal, June 2012
  • Tina Nielsen, "Company profile: W. L. Gore & Associates," Director magazine, February 2010
  • "The Fast Company 50," Fast Company, February 17, 2009
  • Reid Champagne, "Gore at 50," Delaware Today, July 2008
  • Gary Haber, "W. L. Gore: Weathering 50 Years of Change," News Journal, January 6, 2008
  • Paul J. Lim, "No Ideas? You're Not Alone--If You're in a Group, You'll Have a Better Shot at Being Creative," U.S. News & World Report, June 10, 2007
  • Ross Tucker, "Gore's Kelly: No Titles, All Team," Women's Wear Daily, November 16, 2005
  • "The Un-CEO," Fast Company, September 2005
  • Betty Hintch, "Strength in Product, Performance and Workforce Management," Human Capital, September 2004
  • Alastair McCall, editor, "Inspired All the Way to the Top" and "W. L. Gore: Making the Biggest Splash," The Sunday Times (London), March 7, 2004, 100 Best Companies to Work For special supplement
  • Alan Deutschman, "The Fabric of Creativity," Fast Company, December 2004
  • Ann Harrington, "Who's Afraid of a New Product?," FORTUNE, November 10, 2003
  • Michael Weinreb, "Power to the People," Sales & Marketing Management, April 2003
  • Laird Harrison, "We're All the Boss," Time, Inside Business edition, April 8, 2002
  • Rick Carter, "Quality's Different Drummer," Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, January 2002
  • Paul Judge, "How Will Your Company Adapt?," Fast Company, December 2001