1643First vacuum created by Italian physicist, Torricelli, while experimenting
1892First use of vacuum as means of temperature retention by James Dewar, English scientist who used vacuum flasks in laboratory.
1903"Dewar Flask" idea patented for domestic use by two Germans
1904Contest conducted by German newspapers to name vacuum bottle. Named "Thermos" (from Greek work therme meaning heat) by Munich resident.
1906William B. Walker secured patent rights and trademark from "Thermos" vacuum bottles, imported them from Germany and sold them in the United States
1907The American Thermos Bottle Company incorporated in Portland, Maine.
Thermos" vacuum bottles first produced in United States in Brooklyn, New York
1908The American Thermos Bottle Company of New York organized
National advertising begun in The Saturday Evening Post and widespread national publicity popularized "Thermos" vacuum bottles
1909Won the "Grand Prize Award" at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition.
1910Moved from Brooklyn, NY to Manhattan. Production increased.
1911Thermos Limited of England produces the first machine-made glass filler
1912Thermos negotiates to move to city of Norwich, Connecticut, and production begins in early 1913
1913Stanley Insulating Company produces steel vacuum flask in the United Kingdom.
1919King-Seeley Corporation formed
Plants opened in Japan and Huntington, West Virginia
1920Thermos Limited of London purchased
1923Company reorganized and new era of expansion begun
1925Merged with the Icy-Hot Bottle Company of Cincinnati, Ohio
1928Pyrex glass first used to manufacture liners
1933Automation and mass production methods begun
194298 percent of production tables for military usage during World War II
1946Second Plant at Norwich, Connecticut
1939-1945Virtually all of the capacity of Thermos Limited in England was changed to wartime requirements. Every time a thousand bombers went out on a raid, 10,000 to 12,000 Thermos flasks went with them.
1947Taftville, Connecticut factory bought for metal manufacturing
1952Acquires controlling stock in The Plastene Corporation in Crawfordsville, Indiana, a manufacturer of injection molded plastic products.
First character school lunch kits produced
1955 Acquired Hemp & Company which manufacturer insulated jars and chests and outdoor grills.
1956Name changed to "The American Thermos Products Company"
1958Plant opened in Anaheim, California
1960Acquired by King-Seeley Corporation and renamed King-Seeley Thermos Company
1962"Thermos" declared a generic trademark in the U.S. as a result of it being the household name for such a container
1962Plastene Corporation
1965 Purchased Structo Manufacturing of Freeport, Illinois, a manufacturer of outdoor cooking grills.
1969King Seeley Thermos acquired by Household Finance Company of Chicago, later Household International
1970Dinex insulated ware and institutional market acquired
1971Thermos Limited of England was presented with the Queen's Award to Industry for export achievement.
1977(Feb) Tent orders no longer accepted
1978Nippon Sanso develops first stainless steel vacuum bottle
1984(Apr) Anaheim plant sold
(May) Macomb closed
(Sept) Glass manufacturing ceased at Laurel Hill (Norwich, Connecticut)
1985Dinex divested as Dinex International, Inc.
1986Thermos division relocated Freeport, Illinois. Renamed "Thermos Company"
1988 All plants in Norwich and Taftville, Connecticut shut down.
1989Sold to Nippon Sanso
Thermos Group establishes HQ in Schaumburg, Illinois
1992International Division of The Thermos Company established at Schaumburg
1997Thermos Company restructured to selling only insulated products

See also: Evolution of the Thermos Brand