W L Gore & Associates, known for its Gore-Tex fabrics and Elixir guitar strings, is celebrating 50 years of innovation and topping polls as an employer.
Gore, founded in Delaware, US, in 1958 as a wire and cable manufacturer, is now a multi-billion dollar global innovator in the fabrics, medical, industrial and electronic products markets. The UK business was established in 1964 and now employs around 500 associates across two sites in Livingston and one in Dundee.
W L Gore & Associates (UK) last year topped The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list for the fourth year in a row and also achieved the number one position in Esquire magazine’s inaugural list of the best places to work in the UK.
Gore manufactures thousands of products and employs more than 8,000 people in 45 sites around the world. According to the company, it still stands by the unique business practices established a half-century ago by founders Wilbert L and Genevieve Gore.
UK business leader John Kennedy said: ‘Our 50th anniversary is an ideal time to reflect on the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Bill and Vieve, and the principles on which this enterprise was founded.
‘Their dedication, passion and commitment to excellence created a culture that fosters creativity, and a company that prides itself in providing unique, highly valuable products for our customers.’