W. L. Gore & Associates once again earned a spot on Fortune magazine’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America. The company is ranked No. 21. It marked Gore’s 16th straight appearance on the list, making it one of a few workplaces to appear in every edition of the rankings.
Headquartered in Newark, Gore has more than 10,000 associates. Gore has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and China, and sales offices around the world.
This year marks Gore’s 55th anniversary. The company was founded in 1958 by Bill and Vieve Gore, who celebrated the New Year — and their 23rd wedding anniversary — by launching a business in the basement of their Newark home.
Gore is is known for its unique culture and products, such as waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex fabric. Gore operates a eam-based organization without traditional organizational charts and chains of command.
“Gore’s continued recognition as a top workplace reflects the critical role our company culture plays in fostering associate satisfaction and business results,” says CEO Terri Kelly . “Our culture is our biggest competitive advantage. It creates a work environment where people feel empowered to make a difference. And it’s the driving force behind our broad range of innovations, from life-saving cardiovascular devices and high-performance fabrics to aerospace electronics and industrial manufacturing components.”
Gore has earned recognition in three books by the same name published in the 1980s and 1990s. The company is also consistently named a top workplace in a number of other countries. In November, the company ranked No. 8 on the Great Place to Work Institute’s list of top multinational workplaces.