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All-Clad Metalcrafters, LLC
Private, limited liability company
IndustryConsumer Goods
FounderJohn Ulam
Productscookware, ovenware, kitchen tools, kitchen accessories
ParentGroupe SEB

All-Clad Metalcrafters, LLC is a U.S. manufacturer of cookware with headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.[1] The company markets its cookware to department stores and specialty stores in the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, and the UK, along with All-Clad bonded ovenware, kitchen tools, and kitchen accessories.


Tanya Holland hosting a 2011 All-Clad 40th Anniversary event at the San Francisco Bloomingdales.

The business was founded by metallurgist John Ulam, in 1967, as a manufacturer of bonded metals, including coinage for the U.S. Mint, avionics, and ballistics.[1] The company was instrumental in the shift to bonded metal coins.[1]

The company's move to cookware happened by accident, when Ulam made a pan for his personal use.[1] All-Clad Metalcrafters was established in 1971 to sell this cookware.[2] Bloomingdale's picked up the brand two years later, for its upscale housewares department. In 1988, All-Clad Metalcrafters was purchased by Pittsburgh Annealing Box Co.[3] and in 2004, it was bought by the French conglomerate Groupe SEB.[2]

In 2000, All-Clad partnered with television chef and personality Emeril Lagasse to develop a line of cookware named "Emerilware".[citation needed]

In 2014 All-Clad partnered with Chef Thomas Keller to produce the All-Clad TK[4] that feature bonded aluminum and stainless with a copper core.

United States patents[edit]

At the time of its founding, All-Clad used 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 extends 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).[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]


The firm purchases some of its metals from United States-based suppliers, including Pennsylvania Steel Company.[1]


Interior finishes[edit]

The cooking surface is made from Type 304 stainless steel. Some products include a nonstick coating on top of the stainless steel.[22]

All stainless steel used by the company is certified to meet ISO 9000 and ASTM A240 standards for type 304 stainless steel intended for use with food.[22]

Exterior finishes[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Semiannual factory sale[edit]

Each year in June and December, All-Clad Metalcrafters holds a factory seconds sale near their headquarters in Canonsburg.[23]



  1. ^ a b c d e Weaver, Rachel (August 14, 2012). "Innovations by All-Clad spur revolution in cookware". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Our History". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Coates, Claudia (November 18, 1998). "TV, Good Name Light a Fire Under All-Clad Pans". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Ulam, John B.; Camp, William C. (November 7, 1967). "Methods of cladding stainless steel to aluminum". 3350772. USPTO.
  6. ^ Ulam, John B. (January 16, 1968). "Method of making electrically heated cooking vessels". 33507723363307. USPTO.
  7. ^ Ulam, John B. (May 20, 1969). "Composite cooking vessels". 3445630. USPTO.
  8. ^ Ulam, John B. (February 17, 1970). "Non-stick utensils". 3495735. USPTO.
  9. ^ Ulam, John B. (September 30, 1975). "Cooking vessel". 3909591. USPTO.
  10. ^ Ulam, John B. (November 18, 1975). "Method of making a cooking vessel". 3919763. USPTO.
  11. ^ Ulam, John B. (April 27, 1976). "Method of making multiple member composite metal products". 3952938. USPTO.
  12. ^ Ulam, John B. (July 25, 1978). "Clad metal product of Cu, Al and stainless steel". 4103076. USPTO.
  13. ^ Ulam, John B. (September 11, 1979). "Multiple member clad metal products". 4167606. USPTO.
  14. ^ Ulam, John B. (January 20, 1981). "Multiple member clad metal products and methods of making the same". 4246045. USPTO.
  15. ^ Ulam, John B. (September 7, 1982). "Method of making a cooking vessel which has surface ornamentation". 4347722. USPTO.
  16. ^ Ulam, John B. (March 3, 1987). "Induction cooking utensils". 4646935. USPTO.
  17. ^ Ulam, John B. (August 29, 2000). "Copper core cooking griddle and method of making same". 6109504. USPTO.
  18. ^ Ulam, John B. (July 31, 2001). "Method for making a copper core five-ply composite for cookware". 6267830. USPTO.
  19. ^ Ulam, John B. (March 26, 2002). "Stick resistant coating for cookware". 6360423. USPTO.
  20. ^ Ulam, John B. (August 6, 2002). "Bonding of dissimilar metals". 6427904. USPTO.
  21. ^ Ulam, John B. (April 8, 2003). "Cryogenic treatment of cookware and bakeware". 6544669. USPTO.
  22. ^ a b "All-Clad Frequently Asked Question #15". Retrieved September 6, 2009.
  23. ^ Crompton, Janice (June 4, 2009). "Annual cookware seconds sale draws thousands". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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