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

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

Sorbothane headquarters sign

BTR Forms Sorbothane, Inc. in US

Sorbothane manufacturing facility in Kent OH

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

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)

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)

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

Engineer at work at Sorbothane

Engineering Staff Established

Wilson premium baseball glove made with Sorbothane

Wilson Premium Baseball Gloves Feature Sorbothane®

Trelleborg logo

Trelleborg Purchases Sorbothane, Inc. from BTR

Climber on Kilimanjaro wearing Sorbothane Insoles

Climber Conquers Kilimanjaro Wearing Sorbothane® Insoles

Made in America flag

Private Ownership – Keeping Jobs in America

Liberty Bell

Sorbothane® Protects Liberty Bell during Historic Move

US Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Cameras Are Isolated Using Sorbothane® Components

Getty Museum artifact

Getty Museum Protects Priceless Ancient Artifacts with Sorbothane®

Vitamix Blender

Sorbothane® Gaskets Quiet Premium Vitamix® Commercial Blender

Sorbothane Insoles kiosk

Established Direct Sales of Sorbothane® Insoles to Retail Market

Sorbothane Soft-Blow Mallet

Expanded the Sorbothane® Soft-Blow Mallet Family

Manufacturing robots using Sorbothane to isolate vibrations

Sorbothane® Components Isolate Floor Robots from Vibration and Disruptions