Gore-Tex designs its waterproof shells to prevent wetting out.Photo courtesy of Gore-Tex. Best known among outdoor enthusiasts for the company’s waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX fabrics, W. L. Gore & Associates also manufactures a wide portfolio of advanced technology products for the electronics, fabrics, industrial and medical markets.

Founders Bill and Vieve Gore established the company’s roots in their basement in 1958. Today, Gore is headquartered in Newark, Delaware, and employs more than 10,000 associates in 30 countries worldwide.

Recently, in 2018, Gore won two Gear of the Year awards from Runner’s World for the company’s new footwear and apparel innovations.