THE PELICAN STORY
In its 40th year of creating the toughest and most dependable products on the market, Pelican Products, Inc. reigns as the global leader in the design and manufacture of both high-performance protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems. Our products are depended on by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, life sciences, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Pelican products are designed and built to last a lifetime.
The company’s 200,000 square feet corporate headquarters, located in Torrance, California (just south of Los Angeles) serves as the home office for nearly 1,300 employees worldwide. In addition to operating in 21 countries with 28 offices worldwide, Pelican also maintains six manufacturing locations in North America, Europe and Australasia: Torrance, California (Corporate) - South Deerfield, Massachusetts - Crottendorf, Germany - Leighton Buzzard, UK – Melbourne, Australia – Plymouth, Minnesota.
Pelican was founded in 1976 by Dave Parker and his wife Arline in their Torrance, California garage. An avid Scuba diver since age 11, Dave recognized the need for rugged flashlights and cases that wouldn’t leak or fail and set out to build a better product than any other on the market. After years of hard work and sacrifice, Pelican Products became a reality with its first product patent, the Pelican Float™. The legendary SabreLite™ flashlight and Protector Cases soon followed.
Pelican’s product line and company grew steadily over the years and, in 2004, the company was acquired by private equity firm Behrman Capital. Shortly thereafter, the company experienced an incredible growth trend under a new CEO, Lyndon Faulkner, who was appointed in 2006. With a rich and diverse background, Faulkner came to Pelican Products from Microsoft Corporation, where he served as North American Operations Manager helping to launch industry-changing products such as the XBOX®, Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2000. Additionally, he built the compact-disc manufacturing pioneer Technicolor®/Nimbus into an IPO as they introduced the world to digital media with compact discs (CDs) and digital video discs (DVDs).
After a few years of ramping up the organization, 2008 was a banner year that saw Pelican Products execute an aggressive growth strategy highlighted by international expansion and acquisitions. This resulted in new sales offices and manufacturing facilities across the globe, as well as the creation of Pelican Australia and the launch of the Advanced Area Lighting Group.
With the purchase of its nearest case competitor, Hardigg Industries, at the end of 2008, Pelican had made its largest acquisition ever. This nearly doubled the size of their operation overnight, making it the largest manufacturer of equipment protection cases in the world.
Throughout 2011 to present, Pelican’s international expansion continues with the opening of sales offices in South Korea, Israel, India, Turkey, UAE, South Africa and Mexico.
In late 2012, as part of its strategic growth plan, Pelican introduced a wide range of consumer products imbued with the same tough-as-nails DNA as their commercial products. Featured products are advanced LED lighting tools, portable device covers for the Apple® iPhone® 5/5s, iPad Air® and iPad mini® , and Samsung Galaxy S®4. Additional products include Pelican™ Elite Coolers and both Pelican™ Urban and Pelican™ Elite backpacks (the first Pelican™ cases you can wear) designed to protect the gear of adventure-seekers on the go. In 2014 the company introduced Pelican™ Voyager cases for the Apple iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge to be sold in AT&T stores across the U.S.
In yet another move to diversify its products and services, the company also introduced a line of temperature-controlled transport cases. They also acquired the industry’s leading manufacturers of temperature controlled shipping containers, Minnesota Thermal Science (United States in 2013) and Cool Logistics (United Kingdom in 2014) and integrated them to create Pelican BioThermal™ - the largest temperature controlled case manufacturer in the world.
Most recently, the company created three separate divisions (Commercial/Government, Consumer and BioThermal) to better serve the diverse markets Pelican sells into. Throughout 2011 to present, Pelican’s international expansion continues with the opening of sales offices in South Korea, Israel, India, Turkey, UAE, South Africa and Mexico (opening soon).
PELI, OUR EXTENDED FAMILY
Peli Products, S.L.U. was opened in January 1997 as the European headquarters for Pelican Products, Inc.
Peli was developed to help improve Pelican's business on the European continent. We wanted to provide our existing customers with immediate access to inventory and customer service and to improve our business in new areas. It was our hope that by having a location in Barcelona, we could better understand the unique needs of our customers and the European marketplace. Since opening, the Barcelona facility has been a great success and it services customers in each of the twenty-five European Union countries as well as more than twenty-five countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Barcelona, Spain was chosen as our headquarters for many different reasons. It has a high-quality "Port" and it is very accessible by various shipping lines. It also has a reputation for having hard working and industrious citizens, and a growing image as one of Europe's most important cities. People from both the private and public sector were very helpful in all aspects of the planning and development of our operation. This gave us the feeling that our business was really wanted here. Lastly, we felt that Barcelona offered a quality of life that would prove to be beneficial to our employees for many years.