The history of Zippo Manufacturing Company is the story of its people. Their loyalty and dedication has made Zippo one of America’s greatest and most recognizable icons.
The Zippo timeline begins in the early 1930s, at the Bradford Country Club in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Mr. Blaisdell watched a friend struggle awkwardly to use a cumbersome, Austrian-made lighter. In late 1932 Mr. Blaisdell decided to reconstruct the Austrian lighter. He fabricated a small rectangular case and attached a lid with a hinge. He preserved the chimney design which protected the flame. The result was an attractive lighter that was easily operated with one hand. The name “Zippo” was created by Mr Blaisdell. He liked the sound of the word “zipper” so he formed variations on the word until he settled on “Zippo,” which he felt had a “modern” sound.
In the early 2000’s Zippo launched the first Zippo MPL®, multi-purpose lighter, a refillable utility-style lighter. In 2010 the company introduced an all-metal hand warmer, launching the Zippo Outdoor products. The hand warmer uses Zippo premium lighter fluid and provides a steady source of heat longer than any other product on the market. In 2013 Zippo launched a line of robust Zippo-branded camping gear and fire accessories.
Zippo’s diverse product line continues to grow, and now includes lighter accessories, butane multi-purpose lighters, men’s and women’s fragrances, lifestyle accessories, eyewear, and products for outdoor enthusiasts.