A. T. Cross Company

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A.T. Cross Company
Former type Private
Industry Accessory
Founded Providence, RI, USA
(1846)
Founder(s) Richard Cross
Defunct 2014
Headquarters Lincoln, RI, USA
Area served USA
Europe
Key people small>
Charles Mellen
President)
Products Writing instruments, Stationery
Revenue Increase US$ 158.3 million (2010)
Operating income Increase US$ 9.32 million (2010)
Net income Increase US$ 6.37 million (2010)
Total assets Increase US$ 144.63 million (2010)
Total equity Increase US$ 72.47 million (2010)
Employees 930 (2010)
Website cross.com

A. T. Cross Company is an American company that competes in the writing instrument, stationery and premium sunglass businesses. It claims to be America's oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments.[1]

Overview[edit]

Cross designs and distributes writing instruments, journals, leather goods, timepieces, reading glasses and other accessories worldwide.

History[edit]

Cross pen

The company was founded in 1846 in Providence, Rhode Island, and initially manufactured gold and silver casings for pencils, reflecting the Cross family's history as jewelers. The company was founded by Richard Cross who passed it on to his son Alonzo T. Cross. The company developed many writing instruments, including forerunners of the modern mechanical pencils, and the earliest stylographic pens. The company was sold to Walter R. Boss in 1916 and Boss family members remain involved with the company.

The A.T. Cross Company has been a manufacturer and marketer of writing instruments since 1846. Sold primarily under the Cross brand, offering ball-point, fountain and selectip rolling ball pens and mechanical pencils. The company also designs and markets branded personal and business accessories, including reading glasses, personal and business accessories and sunglasses. Its products are manufactured in China and distributed in more than 140 markets. The company has writing instrument marketing subsidiaries in the U.K., Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada.

Products[edit]

An A.T. Cross fountain pen, with the distinctive "Cross" lettering on its nib.

Cross is known for its writing instrument lines, beginning with mechanical pencils, and produced the first stylographic (a technological forerunner of the modern ball point pen) pens in 1879. The current product line includes fountain pens, ballpoint pens, gel pens and mechanical pencils.[2] The first Cross fountain pens were likely produced in 1930, but not again until the 1980s.

Cross writing instruments are generally sold in the mid-range of the market, rather than the luxury end.

In late 1997 Cross and IBM teamed-up to introduce a digital writing pad, called the CrossPad, which was discontinued in 2004.[3]

All Cross writing instruments carry a lifetime mechanical guarantee.

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