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Coleman Company, Inc., is a brand of outdoor recreation products, especially camping gear, owned by Newell Brands. Coleman Company's headquarters are in Chicago, and it has facilities in Wichita, Kansas and in Texas. There are approximately 1,143 employees.
The company was founded by William Coffin Coleman, who began selling gasoline pressure lamps in 1900 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. In 1905, the company provided a demonstration for the 1905 Cooper vs. Fairmount football game (now called Sterling College and Wichita State University). Coleman gas lamps were provided to play the first night football game west of the Mississippi River. In 1996, the company acquired the French Campingaz. Through a series of acquistions via Sunbeam Products and Jarden, Coleman is now a subsidiary of Newell Brands.
Throughout its history, Coleman has produced a wide variety of equipment primarily aimed at the camping and recreational markets. Perhaps their most famous product is the Coleman Lantern, a series of pressure lamps that were originally made to burn gasoline. Current models use Coleman fuel (white gas) or propane and use one or two gas mantles to produce an intense white light.
In the past, the company also produced a range of cooking stoves and domestic irons. Today, Coleman also manufactures camp stoves (Coleman produced the original "G.I. Pocket Stove"), sleeping bags, coolers, hot tubs, generators, watches, sandals, tents, dog toys, and backpacks among other things. They also make a line of small boats, including canoes, pontoon boats, johnboats and the unique scanoe. In the past they also sold pop-up travel trailers, Skiroule snowmobiles and the Hobie Cat brand of sailboats. The company has recently started producing a backyard barbecue grill, which is sold at Canadian Tire.
A separate company, Coleman Heating and Air Conditioning, sells home heating and air conditioning units. Coleman Heating and Air Conditioning is owned by Johnson Controls, and uses the Coleman name and logo under license. Coleman owns Rugged brand and sells travel accessories under the Rugged Essentials trademark. These travel accessories feature corporate red and black design and are made of lightweight and corrosion-resistant materials.
- Official website
- Fundinguniverse.com: Coleman Company History
- Kansas Historical Society.org: W. C. Coleman Biography
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