OXO (kitchen utensils brand)

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OXO
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryConsumer products
Founded1990
FounderSam Farber
John Farber
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsGood Grips, Soft Works, Steel, Candela, Touchables
Number of employees
97 (headquarters)
127 (worldwide)[1]
ParentHelen of Troy Limited
Websitewww.oxo.com
An example of an OXO Good Grips meat tenderizer.

OXO (/ˈɒks/ OKS-oh) is an American manufacturer of kitchen utensils, office supplies, and housewares based in New York City.

History[edit]

OXO was founded by Sam Farber, an entrepreneur in the housewares industry, and his son, John Farber.[2] Sam Farber chose the name "OXO" as an ambigram that renders the three letters in "OXO" the same regardless of their orientation, either horizontal or vertically. Noticing that his wife, Betsy, who suffered from mild arthritis in her hands, was having difficulty gripping ordinary kitchen tools, he saw an opportunity to create more comfortable cooking tools that would benefit users. The first group of 15 OXO Good Grips kitchen tools were introduced to the U.S. market at the Gourmet Products Show in San Francisco, in 1990.[3]

Sam Farber sold OXO to General Housewares Corporation in 1992. General Housewares Corporation was acquired by World Kitchen LLC. in 2000.[2] In June 2004, Helen of Troy Limited bought OXO housewares for $273.2 million.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FAQs". OXO. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  2. ^ a b "Samuel Farber, developer of kitchen utensils, dies at 88". United Press International. June 22, 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  3. ^ Fox, Margalit (June 21, 2013). "Sam Farber, Creator of Oxo Utensils, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  4. ^ Ashworth, Will. "Our History". Helen of Troy. Retrieved 12 February 2021.

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