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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.

Sorbothane installed in manufacturing equipment
 

Installed Manufacturing Equipment in America for US Domestic Market

1980
 
Sorbothane replacement insoles
 

First Products - Sorbothane® Heels and Full Sole Insole

 
Full line of Sorbothane Heels and Full Sole Insoles
 

Establishing Premium Insole Market in US

 
Heel shock diagram
 

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

 
Nike running show that used Sorbothane
 

Produced Sorbothane® Heel Pad for Nike Running Shoes

 
Dr. Hiles
 

Dr. Hiles Joins HK from The United Kingdom

1981
 
Sorbothane headquarters sign
 

BTR Forms Sorbothane, Inc. in US

1982
 
Sorbothane manufacturing facility in Kent OH
 

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

1984
 
Sorbothane KICK EEZ recoil pads
 

KICK-EEZ® Sorbothane® Recoil Pads Enter Shooting Market

 
Audio Quest Sorbothane CD Feet
 

Audio Quest Launches Sorbothane® CD Feet and Big Feet

 
Sorbothane Insoles made with dual casting
 

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

1985
 
Multi-Axis isolator for digital equipment
 

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

 
Naturalizer shoes made with Sorbothane Insoles
 

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

1986
 
APMA logo
 

APMA Accreditation Awarded to Sorbothane® Insoles

 
Anti-vibration gloves made with Sorbothane
 

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

1987
 
Engineer at work at Sorbothane
 

Engineering Staff Established

1990
 
Wilson premium baseball glove made with Sorbothane
 

Wilson Premium Baseball Gloves Feature Sorbothane®

1993
 
Trelleborg logo
 

Trelleborg Purchases Sorbothane, Inc. from BTR

2000
 
Climber on Kilimanjaro wearing Sorbothane Insoles
 

Climber Conquers Kilimanjaro Wearing Sorbothane® Insoles

 
2001
 
Made in America flag
 

Private Ownership – Keeping Jobs in America

2003
 
Liberty Bell
 

Sorbothane® Protects Liberty Bell during Historic Move

 
US Space Shuttle
 

Space Shuttle Cameras Are Isolated Using Sorbothane® Components

2005
 
Getty Museum artifact
 

Getty Museum Protects Priceless Ancient Artifacts with Sorbothane®

2008
 
Vitamix Blender
 

Sorbothane® Gaskets Quiet Premium Vitamix® Commercial Blender

2009
 
2010
 
Sorbothane Insoles kiosk
 

Established Direct Sales of Sorbothane® Insoles to Retail Market

2013
 
Sorbothane Soft-Blow Mallet
 

Expanded the Sorbothane® Soft-Blow Mallet Family

2014
 
Manufacturing robots using Sorbothane to isolate vibrations
 

Sorbothane® Components Isolate Floor Robots from Vibration and Disruptions

2016