We've come a long way from our humble beginnings in our founders’ basement.
Today, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. produces fabrics that have revolutionized protective outerwear. Our fabrics are highly technical, high-performance materials that have been proven time and time again to be the very best products of their kind. Learn more about the history behind our many innovations.
The late 1950s were a time of discovery for Gore. The '60s brought our first patent - and nationwide recognition with it. In the '70s, GORE-TEX® fabric, our revolutionary waterproof, windproof, breathable fabric became commercially available. Non-stop innovation in the '80s gave birth to numerous new products. During the '90s, Gore raised the bar to a whole new level for technical fabrics: apparel that was waterproof and breathable even underwater, products that could suppress human scent, and an ultra-light, packable version of GORE-TEX® outerwear.
Our tradition of innovation has only continued in recent years, thanks to ground-breaking products engineered to increase your comfort level at work and at play.
Discover the evolution of the GORE-TEX® over the years.
While at DuPont, co-founder Bill Gore suggests using polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to insulate wire and proves new insulation technique offers significant advantages over earlier methods.
Bill Gore and his wife Vieve begin the New Year by starting their exciting new venture in the basement of their home. They create their first product: MULTI-TET insulated wire and cable.
Company's first patent is issued to Bob Gore, son of Bill and Vieve, for the Multiconductor Wiring Strip.
Bob Gore discovers GORE-TEX® expanded PTFE (ePTFE).
Gore cable goes to the moon! Astronauts Edwin Aldrin, Jr. and Neil Armstrong install seismographic equipment connected to the moon lander with Gore's small, lightweight, high-temperature cable.
GORE-TEX® fiber is manufactured.
Gore receives its first commercial order for GORE-TEX® fabric — the first breathable, waterproof, and windproof fabric.
Liquid seam sealer introduced (SEAMSTUFF® sealant)
GORE-SEAM® Sealing Machines and GORE-SEAM® tape introduced.
Commercial introduction of 2-layer GORE-TEX® fabric.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® glove insert.
NASA's first space shuttle mission, shuttle Columbia, carries astronauts wearing spacesuits made with GORE-TEX® fabric.
Commercial introduction of
GORE-TEX® fabric bootie invented; patent granted.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® hat insert.
Commercial introduction of stretch GORE-TEX® fabric.
RAINWEAR WITHOUT COMPROMISE™ program introduced.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® oversock.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® LTD.
GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® warranty introduced.
GORE-TEX PARTNERS IN PERFORMANCE® program introduced.
An international expedition team in Antarctica wears GORE-TEX® outerwear while traversing the continent. One explorer credits the fabric with saving his life.
Commercial introduction of WINDSTOPPER® fabric.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® IMMERSION® Technology fabric.
Commercial introduction of DRYLOFT® fabric.
Commercial introduction of DURATHERM® fabric technology
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® OCEAN TECHNOLOGY® fabric.
Commercial introduction of ACTIVENT® fabric.
Commercial introduction of REVIVEX® Water and Stain Repellent.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® PACLITE® fabric.
Commercial introduction of WINDSTOPPER® SUPPRESCENT® fabric.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® Coastal fabric.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® XCR®.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® SUPPRESCENT® footwear and outerwear.
Commercial introduction of WINDSTOPPER® N2S™ fabric
Commercial introduction of AIRVANTAGE® Adjustable Insulation technology.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® XCR® footwear.
Commercial introduction of WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell fabric.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® XCR® gloves.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® Soft Shell fabric.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® Soft Shell.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® Pro Shell.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® Gloves with Gore 2 in 1 Technology.
Commercial introduction of GORE® Micro Grid Backer Technology .
Commercial introduction of GORE® OPTIFADE® Concealment.
Commercial introduction of GORE-TEX® Active Shell.