The HistoryEssaysTimelinePeopleCompanies
MaterialsProcesses

Aladdin Industries, Inc.;

1914  - 

Aladdin Industries evolved from the Western Lighting Company, founded in 1907 in Chicago by Victor S. Johnson, Sr. and incorporated in 1908 as the Mantle Lamp Company.  In 1914 The Mantle Lamp Company created a wholly owned subsidiary named Aladdin industries to develop and sell thermos bottles and other temperature conserving items. 

In 1949 the two companies merged taking the subsidiary company name, Aladdin Industries, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee at which time the company began to develop the production of metal lunchboxes, and was the maker of the first character lunchbox, using images of Hopalong Cassidy in 1950.  In the 1980s and 1990s the company developed foam insulated mugs and other beverage containers. 

Today Aladdin is a vendor of lunchboxes, kerosene lamps, stoves and thermal food storage containers.   The company makes recycled and recyclable plastic mugs and food containers under the name eCycle.

Since 2002 Aladdin is a brand of privately-held Pacific Market International (PMI), headquartered in Seattle, Washington.  Aladdin Industries, LLC, produced its last thermal products in Nashville, Tennessee in July 2002, closing its factory on Murfreesboro Road after the purchase by Pacific Market.

See:

Aladdin company website

Courter, J.W.  Aladdin the Magic Name in Lamps (Des Moines, Iowa: Wallace-Homestead Co., 1971).

Ecycle®

Wakeman, TeriAnn.. A History of Aladdin Lamps   

 
Do you have more information about this company?
Send us an E-Mail at: plastics@syr.edu
Please be sure to include the name of this company and any sources.