OXO (kitchen utensils brand)

OXO (/ˈɒks/ OKS-oh) is an American manufacturer of kitchen utensils, office supplies, and housewares, founded in 1990 and based in New York City. Oxo products are made in the USA and China. They provide a non-stick pro-Bakeware line that is completely made in the US. Some Oxo products come with a “made in China” tag.

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

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. He worked with the design firm Smart Design to create the initial products in the line, including the Swivel Peeler, and Oxo continued to collaborate with Smart for many years.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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. ^ Wilson, Mark (2018-09-24). "The untold story of the vegetable peeler that changed the world". Fast Company. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
  4. ^ Fox, Margalit (June 21, 2013). "Sam Farber, Creator of Oxo Utensils, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  5. ^ Ashworth, Will. "Our History". Helen of Troy. Retrieved 12 February 2021.

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