A Commitment to Innovation Shapes Everything We DoW. L. Gore & Associates has made its name by creating innovative, technology-driven solutions, from medical devices that treat aneurysms to high-performance GORE-TEX® fabrics. A privately held company with annual sales of more than $3.2 billion, Gore is committed to perpetuating its 50-plus year tradition of product innovation.
Gore focuses its efforts in four main areas: electronics, fabrics, industrial and medical products. The company’s electronic products division develops and manufactures high-performance copper and optical signal transmission products. Gore’s fabrics provide protection from the elements and enable wearers to remain comfortable across a broad range of activities and conditions. The products made by Gore’s industrial division meet diverse contamination control and processing challenges throughout industry. Implants from the medical division provide creative healing solutions to complex medical problems.
Today, Gore has more than 10,000 employees, called associates, with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan and China, and sales offices around the world.
Fast Facts 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. Worldwide sales in the past fiscal year exceeded $3 billion. Gore is a privately held company. 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 established a venture partnership in Japan in 1969 with Junkosha Co., Ltd. In 1974 we co-founded Japan Gore-Tex, Inc., or JGI. JGI is now a wholly-owned subsidiary known as Nihon Gore.
Among Our Distinctions In 2012, Gore earned the number 8 spot on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list by the Great Place to Work® Institute. 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. For the 16th consecutive year, Gore earned a position on FORTUNE's annual list of the U.S. "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2013. Gore ranked 21st overall. Gore is now one of only a few companies to appear on all of the U.S. "100 Best Companies to Work For" lists since Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz initiated the ranking in 1984. This includes appearing on all 16 FORTUNE magazine lists (1998-2013) and in all three 100 Best Companies to Work For in America books (1984, 1985 and 1993). Gore has also been named one of the best workplaces in the UK, Germany, France, Korea, Sweden, and Italy for several years in a row. Gore was the 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) and GORE™ OMNIBEND™ fiber (2006). Venture partner Japan Gore-Tex Inc. received a 2006 Plunkett Award for the FLEXIBOND® product (2006). 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