OUR STORY

Loved by many generations, the Stanley brand has a rich near-100 year history. Born from inventor William Stanley Jr. who forever changed the way hot drinks were consumed in 1913, he fused vacuum insulation and the strength of steel in one portable bottle inventing the all-steel vacuum bottle we know and love today.

In the century since, his vacuum bottle evolved from concept to icon and has become an essential part of workdays, road trips and outdoor adventures.

1913

William Stanley Jr. invents the all-steel vacuum bottle and revolutionizes the industry by proving steel can be used in place of glass to insulate.

1915

The Stanley insulating company begins mass production of the Stanley vacuum bottle, insulating jugs and beverage servers.

1942

Stanley bottles are first carried on WWII B-17’s, beginning a long history of use on military aircraft.

1953

The iconic hammertone green is introduced for the first time on a
Stanley bottle.

1960’s

A majority of airlines, ocean liners, railroads, and hospitals around the country now use Stanley commercial products.

1970’s

Modernized Stanley vacuum bottles gain popularity with the American workforce, making it the most popular vacuum bottle in history.

1995

William Stanley Jr., who had obtained 129 patents related to both electricity and insulation during his career, is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

2002

Seattle, WA based PMI purchases the Stanley brand streamlining the design and manufacturing process while staying true to the brand’s legacy of durability and relevance.

2006

The Outdoor Industry welcomes the Stanley brand. Within a few short years, Stanley Outdoor products will have made explorations all over the world including Mt Everest, North and South poles.

2008

eCycle®, our proprietary blend of recycled material is first introduced in the Stanley Recycled & Recyclable 16oz Tumbler, first to offer reusable, BPA-free recycled and recyclable coffee mugs.

2012

Outside Magazine names the Stanley Vacuum Bottle as one of “The Most Influential Gear of All Time.”

2013

We turn 100.