Sorbothane - Our Company Timeline and History

Sorbothane, Inc. has been the innovative and trusted choice of engineers worldwide for over three decades, developing materials and American made components that isolate vibration, absorb shock and damp unwanted noise. Since 1982, Sorbothane, Inc. has produced individualized shock and vibration solutions for numerous and diverse markets. Learn more about our company history and Sorbothane® products by viewing our timeline below.

 

Installed Manufacturing Equipment in America for US Domestic Market

1980
 
 

First Products - Sorbothane® Heels and Full Sole Insole

 
 

Establishing Premium Insole Market in US

 
 

Nike Studies Conclude Sorbothane® Absorbs Up to 94.7% of Impact Shock

 
 

Produced Sorbothane® Heel Pad for Nike Running Shoes

 
 

Dr. Hiles Joins HK from The United Kingdom

1981
 
 

BTR Forms Sorbothane, Inc. in US

1982
 
 

Sorbothane, Inc. Relocates to Kent, Ohio, Plant and Increases Manufacturing Capacity

1984
 
 

KICK-EEZ® Sorbothane® Recoil Pads Enter Shooting Market

 
 

Audio Quest Launches Sorbothane® CD Feet and Big Feet

 
 

Dual Casting Patent Awarded to Sorbothane, Inc. (Ultra Sole)

1985
 
 

Digital Equipment Becomes First Large Industrial Customer (Multi-Axis Isolators)

 
 

Brown Shoe Uses Sorbothane® in Naturalizer (Sold 2 Million Pair)

1986
 
 

APMA Accreditation Awarded to Sorbothane® Insoles

 
 

Sorbothane, Inc. at Forefront of the Ergonomics Movement with Anti-Vibration Products

1987
 
 

Engineering Staff Established

1990
 
 

Wilson Premium Baseball Gloves Feature Sorbothane®

1993
 
 

Trelleborg Purchases Sorbothane, Inc. from BTR

2000
 
 

Climber Conquers Kilimanjaro Wearing Sorbothane® Insoles

 
2001
 
 

Private Ownership – Keeping Jobs in America

2003
 
 

Sorbothane® Protects Liberty Bell during Historic Move

 
 

Space Shuttle Cameras Are Isolated Using Sorbothane® Components

2005
 
 

Getty Museum Protects Priceless Ancient Artifacts with Sorbothane®

2008
 
 

Sorbothane® Gaskets Quiet Premium Vitamix® Commercial Blender

2009
 
2010
 
 

Established Direct Sales of Sorbothane® Insoles to Retail Market

2013
 
 

Expanded the Sorbothane® Soft-Blow Mallet Family

2014
 
 

Sorbothane® Components Isolate Floor Robots from Vibration and Disruptions

2016