A Brief Note On Gore And Associates, An American Manufacturing Company

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W.L. Gore & Associates is an American manufacturing company that specializes in making products derived from polytetrafluoroethylene, or simply PTFE. The company is best known for its Gore-Tex fabric coating, which makes fabric waterproof and windproof, but yet breathable. The company evolved from the late Wilbert L. Gore’s experiences personally, organizationally, and technically. Mr. Gore moved to E. I. du Pont de Nemours in 1945 where he was part of a team that worked on the development of applications for PTFE. Wilber Gore, or Bill to his coworkers, became knowledgeable in the development of computers and transistors. He believed that PTFE had the ideal insulating characteristics that would make PTFE useful in such equipment. A breakthrough happened in the basement in his house when Mr. Gore and his son Bob successfully created PTFE-coated ribbon by using PTFE sealant tape made by 3M. Because Du Pont wanted to remain a supplier of raw materials and not a fabricator, Bill was unsuccessful in convincing Du Pont to make his PTFE-coated ribbon cable. On January 1, 1958, Bill and his wife Vieve founded W.L. Gore & Associates in the basement of their house. The company took off when the Gores secured an order for $100,000. W.L. Gore continued to grow and manufacture products made from PTFE. Bill Gore died in 1986 while backpacking in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Before he died, he had become chairman and his son, Bob, president. Vieve was
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