W.L. Gore

Maker of technology and fiber products for consumers and businesses.

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555 Papermill Road
Newark, DE 19711
Employees: 10,000+
CEO: Terri Kelly
Privately held

Website: http://www.gore.com

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W.L. Gore & Associates is a leading manufacturer of thousands of advanced technology products for the electronics, industrial, fabrics and medical markets.

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.

The company is best known for its Gore-Tex fiber jackets and Elixir strings for guitars. It also makes electronic components, filtration systems, surgical products and sealants.

W.L. Gore has annual revenues over $3.2 billion.

The company has been named one of The Best Companies to Work For in America by Fortune magazine for 16 consecutive years.


The company was founded January 1, 1958, in Newark, DE, by Wilbert L. (Bill) and Genevieve (Vieve) Gore in the basement of their home. Gore set out to explore opportunities for fluorocarbon polymers, especially polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Within the first 12 years, Gore had wire and cables on the moon and operations worldwide.

Gore-Tex fiber was first manufactured in 1972. The Elixir guitar strings line is introduced in 1997.


Gore’s benefit programs around the world include:

Associate Stock Ownership Plan: ASOP is the centerpiece of our benefit platform globally. ASOP provides associate with equity ownership in the company while building financial security for retirement. It enables all associates to have an opportunity to participate and share in the growth of the company by acquiring ownership.
Health and welfare: Gore provides an array of healthcare benefits for associates globally, including medical, dental, and vision plans. Income replacement: Life insurance as well as long-term disability insurance is available for associates and their families. Balancing work and family life: Many of Gore’s benefits and services help associates balance the increasing demands of work and family.
Professional and personal development: Gore encourages associates to discover a path that best fits their own interests while helping the company succeed.

Updated May 25, 2013