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|Type||Private, limited liability company|
|Headquarters||Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Products||cookware, ovenware, kitchen tools, kitchen accessories|
All-Clad Metalcrafters, LLC is a manufacturer of cookware with headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. The company markets its cookware to department and specialty stores in the United States, Canada, Germany, UK and Australia along with All-Clad bonded ovenware, kitchen tools, and kitchen accessories.
The business was founded by metallurgist John Ulam, in 1967, as a manufacturer of bonded metals, including coinage for U.S. Mint, ballistics and avionics. The company was instrumental in the shift to bonded metal coins. The company's move to cookware happened by accident, when Ulam made a pan for his personal use. All-Clad Metalcrafters was established in 1971 to sell this cookware. Bloomingdale's picked up the brand two years later for its upscale housewares department. In 1988, the company was purchased by Pittsburgh Annealing Box Co., and was later bought by international company Groupe SEB in 2004.
United States Patents
At the time of its founding, All-Clad distinguished itself from other cookware companies by using a patented "roll bonding" process by which metals are sandwiched together and then formed into a cooking vessel. The company derived its name from this cladding process which is applied not only on the bottom but extending all the way up the sides of each cooking vessel. The company has been issued several patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).                
The firm purchases its metals only from United States-based suppliers, including Pennsylvania steel. In recent years, All-Clad has begun outsourcing some of its manufacturing to factories in China; these include products where the bonding of metals is not required (for example kitchen tools and accessories), and regular non-bonded components, or those for which manufacturing constraints exist at the Canonsburg plant (for example, electrical appliances).
The cooking surface is made from Type 304 stainless steel. The primary benefit of stainless steel over other metals is its nonreactive nature which imparts no taste to the food. Some products include a nonstick coating on top of the stainless steel.
The cookware is available in a combination of exterior metal finishes including stainless steel, brushed stainless steel, brushed aluminium alloy, black hardcoat anodized aluminium, copper, and copper core.
In 2000, All-Clad partnered with television chef and personality Emeril Lagasse to develop a line of cookware named "Emerilware". By the end of 2000, Emerilware was contributing one half of the company's 40% growth. Emerilware extended its product line to other specialty items such as cast iron cookware.
Each year in June and December, All-Clad Metalcrafters holds a seconds sale near their headquarters in Canonsburg.
- Weaver, Rachel (August 14, 2012). "Innovations by All-Clad spur revolution in cookware". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- "Our History". Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- Coates, Claudia (November 18, 1998). "TV, Good Name Light a Fire Under All-Clad Pans". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- 3350772, Nov. 07, 1967, "Methods of cladding stainless steel to aluminum", John B. Ulam & William C. Camp.
- 3363307 Jan. 16, 1968 "Method of making electrically heated cooking vessels" John B. Ulam
- 3445630 May 20, 1969 "Composite cooking vessels"
- 3495735 Feb. 17, 1970 "Non-stick utensils"
- 3909591 Sept. 30, 1975 "Cooking vessel"
- 3919763Nov. 18, 1975 "Method of making a cooking vessel"
- 3952938 April 27, 1976 "Method of making multiple member composite metal products"
- 4103076 July 25, 1978 "Clad metal product of Cu, Al and stainless steel"
- 4167606 Sept. 11, 1979 "Multiple member clad metal products"
- 4246045 Jan. 20, 1981 "Multiple member clad metal products and methods of making the same"
- 4347722 Sept. 07, 1982 "Method of making a cooking vessel which has surface ornamentation"
- 4646935 March 3, 1987 "Induction cooking utensils"
- 6109504 Aug. 29, 2000 "Copper core cooking griddle and method of making same"
- 6267830 July 31, 2001 "Method for making a copper core five-ply composite for cookware"
- 6360423 March 26, 2002 "Stick resistant coating for cookware"
- 6427904 August 6, 2002 "Bonding of dissimilar metals"
- 6544669 April 8, 2003 "Cryogenic treatment of cookware and bakeware"
- "All-Clad Frequently Asked Question #15". http://www.all-clad.com/consumer-service/frequently-asked-questions/#faq15/. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
- "Annual cookware seconds sale draws thousands". http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09155/974776-54.stm.