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.
The story of Gore crosses decades, continents and industries. Get a glimpse of Gore’s 60-year history with these fast facts about the enterprise and the recognition it’s earned.
- W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., was founded January 1, 1958, in Newark, Delaware, by Wilbert L. (Bill) and Genevieve (Vieve) Gore.
- Today, with more than $3 billion in annual revenue, the enterprise is privately owned. Our approximately 9,500 employees (called Associates) worldwide are also part owners of the enterprise through the Associate stock 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 is 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 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 UK, China and Japan.
Gore is a uniquely creative, technology-driven Enterprise focused on discovery and product innovation. Gore has served a variety of global markets for 60 years and has thrived by providing its customers with high-value products that enhance the quality of life. Associates take great pride in being part of a strong global Enterprise and in the broad contributions we make to society.
We believe Gore's success is a direct result of the values that are the foundation of our company's culture. This culture is built on a deeply held belief in Associates and in the innate drive of each person to reach his or her full potential. We are collectively committed to fostering a safe and healthy work environment where all Associates can develop their talents, enjoy their work, and responsibly direct their activities.
Gore's culture exerts a strong and steady influence on each of us to act with the highest integrity and responsibility. We are committed to meeting the needs of customers through our innovative, reliable products and to improving the communities in which we work and live. We have a continuing commitment to our legacy of taking a long-term view, and seek to make decisions that are consistent with this principle.Awards & Distinctions
- Earned the number 15 spot on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list by the Great Place to Work® Institute in 2017. 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 a 'Great Place to Work Legend' in 2017, as one of just 12 companies to earn a spot on the 100 Best Companies to Work For list, published annually in Fortune magazine.
- Cited as a best workplace in Greater China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
- 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.