Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis, two engineers from Detroit, Michigan, created the first insulated tumbler. They used air as an insulating material between the two tumbler walls. The brand name Tervis comes from combining the two engineers' last names (Cotter and Davis).
The Winslow family purchased the Tervis Tumbler product rights in the 1950s. In 1967, they incorporated The Tervis Tumbler Company by moving the manufacturing to its current location in Florida. The Donelly family now operates Tervis Tumbler as a privately held firm.
Tervis Tumbler has been in business for 66 years.
Products and Marketing
The main marketing aspects of Tervis Tumblers are:
- All Tervis products are "made in the USA" (manufactured at its Florida factory).
- Tervis Tumblers come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee. Any Tervis Tumbler can be replaced free of charge. To replace a damaged tumbler send in the tumbler along with the replacement form (found on the company's website) to the address on the form. Shipping the damaged or defective item to Tervis is at the customer's expense; Tervis pays to ship the replacement item.
In addition to its in-house designs, Tervis has licensing agreements with all five of the major American sports leagues (MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, and NHL), nearly all major NCAA colleges and universities, several Minor League Baseball franchises, all branches of the United States Armed Forces, and many notable companies such as John Deere, Coca-Cola and Disney.
Custom designs are also available. These designs can either be supplied by the purchaser or designed by Tervis.
Most of the company's designs are available in four primary tumbler sizes: 10 ounce, 12 ounce, 16 ounce, and 24 ounce; some products are also available in 10-ounce "wavy" tumblers (the "wavy" refers to the tumbler shape having a ribbed surface, the standard tumblers feature a flat surface) and 15-ounce mugs. In addition, the company sells "clear" (no design) 8-ounce tumblers and accessories such as lids and straws.
Tervis Tumblers are equipped to hold both hot and cold beverages. They are microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and can go in the freezer. However, designs that contain metallic thread are not microwave safe. Tervis Tumblers are also BPA free.
Tervis Tumbler currently has 19 retail locations:
- Osprey, Florida (original store, closest to the factory)
- Naples, Florida (Downtown 5th Avenue South)
- The Villages, Florida (Spanish Springs Town Square)
- Fort Myers, Florida
- Palm Beach, Florida
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Panama City Beach, Florida
- Key West, Florida
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Gatlinburg, Tennessee
- Branson, Missouri
- Coconut Grove, Florida
- Orange Beach, Alabama
- Brandon, Florida
- Savannah, Georgia
- Frankenmuth, Michigan
- Blowing Rock, North Carolina
- San Antonio, Texas
- Mall of America
Tervis also sells its products online on the company website as well as online retailers such as Amazon.com and Nextag. The tumblers are also sold through numerous independent retailers as well as through national chains such as Bed Bath and Beyond and Belk.
Tervis in the Community
- Every year, Tervis Tumbler hosts an annual Car and Truck show at their retail store located in Osprey, Florida.
- Tervis Tumbler has a 'Green Team' that works towards improving efforts within the surrounding communities to operate in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Tervis Tumbler also supports the Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer movement. With the purchase of a Pink Ribbon tumbler, Tervis Tumbler will donate to breast cancer research charitites.
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