The history of Zippo Manufacturing Company is the story of its people. Blaisdell, to the many Zippo employees, customers, and collectors who have all played a vital role in the company’s rich history.
Their loyalty and dedication has made Zippo one of America’s greatest and most recognizable icons.
In 2012, during its 80 anniversary year, Zippo production surpassed the landmark 500 millionth lighter.
Also in 2012, the Zippo/Case Museum was remodeled to better reflect the Zippo brand.
Supplying the military market resulted in full production for the plant and enabled Zippo to become financially strong and made it a viable company.
At the end of the war in 1945, Zippo returned to selling lighters to a peacetime America and resumed producing lighters for the consumer market. Blaisdell wanted to hit the road with a car that looked like a Zippo lighter and in 1947 the was born.
Beginning in the mid-50’s, In the 1960’s concert-goers began raising the Zippo flame as a salute to favorite performers, a gesture later dubbed the “Zippo Moment.” In 1962 Zippo produced its first non-lighter product. During the 1970s Zippo began expanding to overseas markets.
The steel pocket tape measure, or “rule,” as it was called, had a design that resembled the famous lighter. In the 1980s the company was owned by six members of the Blaisdell family, including Mr. In 1993 Zippo acquired , where visitors can watch the repair process take place.
In more than 84 years, no one has ever spent a cent on the mechanical repair of a Zippo lighter regardless of the lighter’s age or condition.
Zippo’s continued expansion in overseas markets, particularly India and China, as well as strong domestic sales led to record sales increases in 20.
In 2011 the Zippo Outdoor product selection expanded to include an emergency fire starter kit and flex neck utility lighter.
The new modern design features a combination of rich and rugged textures, like leather and brick, and a mix of vintage artwork and lifestyle photography.
In 2013 Zippo launched a line of robust Zippo-branded is the company’s President and CEO.