Zippo/Case Museum WWII artifacts heading to Pittsburgh
April 22, 2015 – One of the Zippo/Case Museum’s most historically significant pieces– a lighter that was hand engraved on a landing craft en route to the D-Day invasion – is currently on loan, along with several other WWII-era artifacts from the Zippo and Case archives, to the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh for a special exhibit opening Saturday, April 25.
The Zippo/Case Museum pieces will be featured in the upcoming “We Can Do It!WWII” exhibit, which explores how Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania affected the home front and battlefield during WWII.
“We’re honored to be able to share so many of our important historical pieces with the Heinz History Center,” said Pat Grandy, Zippo Corporate Media and Communications Manager. “Zippo and Case’s reputation for dependable products was cemented by our performance during WWII. We have so many letters, images and artifacts from WWII in the Zippo/Case Museum, it was hard to choose only a few, but we feel they make an important contribution to the exhibit.”
Under a special agreement, the Zippo/Case Museum loaned the Smithsonian-affiliated Heinz History Center several key pieces from the corporate archives. Along with the special lighter, known as the Walter Nadler lighter, the museum also sent images and advertisements from the time period, and a recreation of the V-42 Stiletto, which W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Co. developed from the museum’s original V-42 Stiletto and is producing in limited quantities.
The Walter Nadler lighter story is explored in detail, along with Zippo’s founding during the Great Depression and the company’s incredible success and growth during WWII, in the current issue of Western Pennsylvania History magazine. The article was written by Tim Ziaukas, Professor of Public Relations at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, who utilized never-before-shared interviews with Zippo owners Sarah Dorn and George Duke, the daughter and grandson of Zippo founder George G. Blaisdell.
“The story of Zippo Manufacturing Company is not only one of Pennsylvania’s great tales, it’s one of America’s,” Ziaukas said. “I’m happy to have been able to get a version of this important Bradford story on the record.”
The Spring 2015 articles will be available to read for free on the Heinz History Center’s website.
Zippo Encore Unmasks Partnership with Slipknot for 2015 Summer Tour Dates
April 22, 2015 - Zippo Encore officially announces a partnership with the “Summer’s Last Stand” U.S. tour featuring Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum rock band Slipknot.
At each stop on the upcoming summer jaunt, Zippo Encore’s pop-up retail shop will feature custom Zippo lighters, including several that have been designed personally by members of the band as part of the Zippo Encore Artist Custom Series Program. Fans will also have opportunities to win various prizes, including autographed merchandise, and create their own original lighter designs.
Prior to the start of the tour, members of Slipknot will convene for a design session where the collectible lighter set will come to life. The Slipknot lighters will be available for purchase at Zippo’s pop-up shop and merchandise tables at each of the concerts, as well as online and on www.Slipknot1.com. Fans will be given behind-the-scenes access into the design process – in addition to exclusive concert footage and band interviews – by way of videos uploaded to Zippo Encore’s social media channels.
“Who can think of a concert – especially a heavy metal or hard rock concert – without picturing Zippo lighters in the air, showing appreciation for the music that’s being played?,” said Corey Taylor, Lead Singer, Slipknot. “We’re excited to partner with Zippo and put our creative caps on to ultimately create something special for our fans, something that they’ll appreciate and haven’t seen before.
Leading up to “Summer’s Last Stand,” the Zippo Encore Facebook page will host ticket giveaways for several of Slipknot’s concert dates, providing a few lucky fans with pit and backstage access. Members of the band are scheduled to visit Zippo’s headquarters in Bradford, Pa., to tour the factory, see how their custom Zippo lighters are made and learn more about the company’s storied history.
“In teaming up with Slipknot, we have a unique opportunity to pair rock royalty with one of America’s most iconic and recognizable brands,” said Brent Tyler, Global Brand Manager, Zippo. “This partnership will be unlike anything Zippo Encore has done previously, and we’re looking forward to giving our fans something truly special to get excited about this summer.”
.5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot’s fifth studio album for Roadrunner Records and first since 2008’s RIAA platinum certified chart-topper, All Hope Is Gone, made a stunning chart debut upon its October 2014 arrival, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 chart at #1 with sales in excess of 131,000 albums – the highest debut for a hard rock record last year. Furthermore, the album made an explosive chart impact around the globe, with #1 debuts in Japan, Australia, Canada, Russia, and Switzerland, alongside top 5 debuts in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Austria, New Zealand, Mexico, Denmark, and Finland.
Zippo Encore will once again be providing music lovers with unique experiences and behind-the-scenes access at some of the top music tours and festivals throughout 2015. For more information about Zippo Encore’s full program lineup, and for chances to win tickets and upgrades all summer long, visit Zippo Encore's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Zippo Heritage Comes Full Circle with the Collectible of the Year
February 4, 2015 – The Zippo Collectible of the Year program returns in 2015 with ‘Full Circle,’ a stunning design personally selected by Zippo owner George Duke. The iconic Zippo Windproof lighter has been a hugely popular collectible. This latest edition is sure to resonate with Zippo fans across the globe.
Zippo owner, George Duke, handpicked the Full Circle design, created by his son Grant, fourth-generation member of the Zippo family. The commemorative lighter celebrates Zippo’s history and is a must-have for collectors. Only 12,000 Full Circle lighters have been created and will be available at Zippo retailers in spring 2015.
The Full Circle lighter is the latest addition to The Collectible of the Year series, which started in 1992 and continued for a decade before returning in 2013 with the Windy lighter, one of the most popular issued by Zippo. The intricate design is deep carved on an Armor Spectrum lighter and is an infinite repetition of a never ending spiral that ebbs and flows in highs and lows of tactile engraving. The Armor case is 1.5 times thicker than a standard Zippo windproof lighter case, allowing for deeper and more intricate engraving.
Zippo Presents the Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival
August 18, 2014 – The inaugural Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival presented by Zippo, held Labor Day weekend in Lakewood, Pennsylvania, is an event you won't want to pass up.
In addition to a full weekend of music, a range of other activities are also scheduled. These include rock climbing, lake and obstacle courses, team sports, a Golf mixer, late night Silent Disco, and daily VIP Happy Hour pool parties with live DJs.
Luxury transportation is available to and from the weekend event for those traveling from New York City, Philadelphia, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Travel tickets range from $35 to $60 and are available up until August 22nd.
Pennsylvania residents have the exclusive ability to purchase one-day passes for just $55. If you're interested, email Campfire Festival and they will provide you with a super secret link to purchase your pass.
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company Celebrates 125 Years
June 20, 2014 – This year, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company, an American manufacturer of premium quality knives, proudly celebrates 125 years of award-winning hand-craftsmanship, small-town heritage and time-honored tradition. The company’s rich history began in 1889 when four Case Brothers began fashioning knives and selling them along a wagon trail in Upstate New York.
“Zippo acquired W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company in 1993 and we are very proud of what we have been able to achieve in the last 20 years by bringing these two iconic brands together,” said Greg Booth, CEO, Zippo/W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company.
To further this commitment, Case Cutlery’s parent company, Zippo Manufacturing Company, is investing nearly $10 million dollars toward renovating their Bradford, Pennsylvania factory. The renovations, which are currently underway and expected to finish by the end of 2015, include a complete remodeling of the Case factory that was originally constructed in 1975, including new equipment and floor configurations that will allow better efficiency, productivity and quality without affecting the hand-craftsmanship that has always gone into every Case knife.
“With Case, our current focus is on improving efficiency, which we hope to achieve with this new investment, and drive future innovation and new product development,” Booth added.
Case’s products range from the classic patterns like the Case Trapper, Stockman, Peanut and Tiny Toothpick that are meant for everyday use to collectibles, mint sets and commemorative items that adorn living room walls and "man caves" all across America.
Zippo Takes over Product Distribution in Europe
July 18, 2013 – Zippo Manufacturing Company will take full control of its product distribution in Europe according to an announcement made by Zippo and Polyconcept. Zippo will take over Polyconcept’s stake in Austria, Benelux, France, and Germany. As part of the agreement, Zippo GMBH and Zippo SA, will now be known as Zippo France and Zippo Germany.
Greg Booth, Zippo President and CEO said, “Over the past 20 years Polyconcept and Zippo have worked well together to distribute Zippo products in Europe. As the companies have evolved, we realised that this change will contribute to an enhanced service to our customers. We hold Polyconcept in the highest regards and are grateful for the opportunity to have worked together and for their contribution to Zippo’s success story in Europe.”
“Many important changes have taken place over the past few years; all of which have demonstrated Zippo’s commitment to growth, market leadership, and our vision of the future,” said Booth.
Zippo Makes Top Ten List of Most 'Patriotic' Brands
June 4, 2013 - Zippo was named one of the top ‘Americana’ brands in a survey of 4,500 consumers by New York-based branding researching firm Brand Keys. Zippo weighed in at number seven on the list, boasting a 93 percent score (out of 100) on a scale representing consumers' emotional engagement expectations.
Zippo has been an American icon since WWII when the company ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all manufacturing to the U.S. military. The company has produced countless American themed lighters, the single most popular image reproduced on the windproof lighter being the Statue of Liberty. Additionally, the people of Zippo contribute to its patriotic history – including its founder, George G. Blaisdell, the many employees, as well as the customers and collectors who have played a part in the company’s 80-year history.
“Everyone has a Zippo story. It's an attitude, a lifestyle -- it's an American icon, like a July 4th backyard barbeque,” said Greg Booth, Zippo President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re honored to be on this list and I know Zippo founder George G. Blaisdell would say the same. Mr. Blaisdell was a very proud American and many times he said that he was privileged to pay his Federal taxes because he felt that the United States was such a great country.”
Zippo embodies American pride not only in its design and manufacturing, but also through partnerships with companies and brands that share its patriotic values. More than half of the brands on the Brand Keys list have been featured on a Zippo lighter, including Jeep which came in at number one. In fact, in 2011, West Coast Customs produced a custom Zippo Jeep. In addition, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, ranked 13 on the list, is currently Zippo’s number one licensed brand.
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