Igloo Products Corporation
|Type||Subsidiary of J.H. Whitney & Co.|
|Headquarters||Katy, Texas, United States|
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Igloo, originally a metal working shop, began in 1947. In early 1960 Igloo merged with the Production Tooling Company, and the company name changed to Texas Tennessee Industries (TTI). The company's marketing arm was the John T. Everett Company, a company from Memphis, Tennessee.
By 1971 Texas Tennessee Industries, Inc. was planning to change its name to Igloo.
Started in 1947 as a small metalworking shop that made metal water coolers for blue collar workers, Igloo Products is now a leading ice chest and beverage dispenser manufacturer, perhaps known best for its Playmate brand. The company's first all-plastic ice chest was introduced in 1962. Igloo makes the coolers for personal and industrial use and claims that nearly three in every four US households owns an Igloo cooler. The company's more than 500 products (including personal, beverage, and full-sized coolers) are sold through more than 250 retailers in the US and abroad. Private investment firm Westar Capital purchased Igloo from Brunswick in 2001. J.H. Whitney & Company became the new majority owner in 2008.
The company's headquarters are in unincorporated Waller County, Texas, United States, west of the city of Katy. The complex has almost 1,400,000 square feet (130,000 m2) of space on a 105-acre (42 ha) plot. announced that it was consolidating its corporate headquarters and its distribution and manufacturing offices in its current headquarters location. The newest buildings of the headquarters complex, built adjacent to an existing Igloo 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2) distribution and manufacturing facility used for over 25 years, include a 87,000-square-foot (8,100 m2) corporate office and a 805,000 square feet (74,800 m2) distribution and manufacturing facility. The two newer buildings were designed by Powers Brown Architecture and built by D.E. Harvey Construction.
At one time Igloo had its headquarters in Houston.
Prior to 2004 Igloo's manufacturing facilities included the existing one in Waller County and one along Beltway 8 in Spring Branch, Houston. The Spring Branch location also housed the company headquarters. In 2004 Igloo announced that it was consolidating its operations to its current complex.
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