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 Expert to Speak at New Las Vegas Zippo Store
May 21, 2014 – A special event is planned by the Luxor Hotel and Casino, one of the Las Vegas Strip’s most iconic destinations, on June 5 and 6 as part of the opening celebration for the Las Vegas Zippo store.
The Luxor will host a “Meet the Zippo Expert” with Zippo Historian and Zippo/Case Museum Curator Linda Meabon Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 pm.
The Zippo store will offer a free gift with purchase, while supplies last, during the “Meet the Zippo Expert” event hours. Attendees can also enter for a chance to win a Zippo lighter.
The Zippo store is located in the Galleria at the Luxor next to the moving walkway that leads to Excalibur Hotel and Casino.
“This event is a great opportunity to share Zippo’s fascinating history with visitors to the exciting new Zippo store,” Meabon said. “I am so pleased to be able to share another Zippo first – the opening of this first official Zippo store – with our fans.”
A second Zippo store will open later this summer at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
Both stores will feature the bulk of Zippo’s expanding product line, including windproof lighters and lighter products, apparel, bags, fragrances, and small leather goods.
Zippo Presents the Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival
May 7, 2014 – Zippo will be the presenting sponsor for the inaugural Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival held Labor Day weekend, August 29, 30, and 31 in Lakewood Pennsylvania.
In addition to musical performances, festival attendees can partake in an array of summer camp-themed activities including rock climbing, land and lake obstacle courses, and team sports. Combining the Campfire Festival vision with Zippo’s success in engaging music fans, as well as its diverse product line including a robust offering of heat and flame products for outdoor enthusiasts, will provide a uniquely catered experience for music fans and recreationists.
Campfire Festival headliners include Charles Bradley, Delta Spirit, and Lake Street Dive. Committed to supporting independent and emerging talent, the Festival lineup also features Langhorne Slim, Bronze Radio Return, Spirit Family Reunion, Amy Helm, and Toy Soldiers. Fifteen-plus more national and regional acts will be announced periodically over the next month.
The Festival offers a wide variety of interactive attractions and workshops by local artisans, educators, and craft makers. There is a range of accommodations to choose from, including private luxury cabins, hostel-style shared bunks, and general admission tent camping. Campfire Festival also boasts a private beach and indoor and outdoor pools. A limited number of "early bird" discounted tickets are on sale now
2014 Rock Music Festivals Set
April 14, 2014 - Zippo Encore has announced the 2014 lineup of top music festivals that includes new relationships with the CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival near Atlanta, GA; Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion near Charlotte, NC; Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH; Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK; and continues its partnership with Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which visits 24 cities across the U.S. this summer.
Zippo Encore’s retail shop will feature exclusive custom lighters designed by the bands and a limited edition festival lighter at each festival. Visitors to the Zippo Encore shop at each festival can participate in an onsite lighter design contest by creating a hand-drawn design at the booth. The best design--as chosen by festival-goers who visit the booth--will win a Zippo Encore Schecter Guitar. Visitors can also participate in the “Spin It To Win It” game to win prizes.
For details, go to Facebook.com/ZippoEncore. Remember to check the Zippo Encore Facebook page prior to the event for a chance to win a ticket or pass for each festival and other prizes throughout the summer.
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Zippo Extends NASCAR Sponsorship
March 1, 2014 - Zippo has signed a multi-year renewal, extending sponsorship of the Zippo 200 at The Glen NASCAR Nationwide Series race through 2016. Now in its tenth year, the Zippo 200 is the third longest running Nationwide Series race under the same name and sponsorship.
“From the beginning, our partnership with Watkins Glen International has been a great fit for both of us,” commended Greg Booth, Zippo president and CEO. “Racing fans, especially NASCAR fans, have the same loyalty and passion for their sport as Zippo lighter fans have for our product. Our Zippo Outdoor products make even more sense as we reach out to thousands of avid fans who pack the campgrounds during the race weekend at the Glen.” The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at The Glen is August 7 – 10.
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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