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IDEAL Fastener History


Established in 1936 by Elie Gut, IDEAL Fastener Corporation is the second largest zipper manufacturer in the world.

Our constant evolution has included revolutionary products such as Everzip (1956), landmark clients like the Astrodome (1964) and national recognition by the Smithsonian (1991). During the past five years, IDEAL has expanded its worldwide presence by opening numerous international production facilities and sales offices.

Throughout our history we have had one goal: to make IDEAL Fastener Corporation synonymous with the best quality, service and innovation. IDEAL zippers are available for every applications: pants, jeans, jackets, skirts, dresses, sportswear, outerwear, skiwear, luggage and sporting goods.

Notable Moments in Our Long History

1936 - IDEAL Fastener Corporation is founded in New York.

- On its 20th anniversary, IDEAL introduces Everzip, the snag free zipper.

1959 - IDEAL introduces Mytie Mite, #2.2 miniature zippers in brass and nickel.

1964 - IDEAL zippers are used to zip together the Astroturf football field at the Houston Astrodome, Houston, TX

1966 - IDEAL moves its manufacturing headquarters to Oxford, North Carolina, and builds a state-of-the-art zipper manufacturing facility with patented, proprietary manufacturing processes.

1972 - IDEAL acquires Prentice Zipper Company, a leading zipper manufacturer of metal zippers for work-wear and denim jeans.

- IDEAL manufactures the longest zipper in the world with over 12,640 teeth and presents it to President  Ronald Reagan. It is admitted into the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC.

1989 - IDEAL acquires Acme Die Casting & Slider Company.

1991 - On the fiftieth anniversary of US entry into WWII, IDEAL is recognized by the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, for its critical support and supply of zippers to the US Armed Forces.

1996 - IDEAL acquires Scovill Zipper and Conmar Zipper from Scovill Fasteners.

1997 - IDEAL establishes IDEAL Fastener Asia Ltd., in Hong Kong.

2001 - IDEAL opens sales offices in Bangladesh, Dubai, India, Indonesia and Taiwan.

2001 - IDEAL's highly technical and fire retardant zippers are used by NASA to launch the TITAN IV missile.

2002 - IDEAL opens sales offices in Korea and Pakistan

2005 - IDEAL opens sales office in The Netherlands

2006 - IDEAL opens factories in Chennai, India and Jiangsu, China

2007 - IDEAL opens sales office in the United Kingdom and Italy

             IDEAL opens factory in Zhaoqing, Guangdong


2008 - IDEAL opens sales offices in Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lanka

            IDEAL opens sales office in Guangzhou, China


2017 - IDEAL invests in Italian factory to produce high-polish IDEAL Signature zippers