ZIFFPAGE TITLEWBy John Moore | Posted 2005-05-23 Email Print
Re-Thinking HR: What Every CIO Needs to Know About Tomorrow's Workforce
As rival textile producers move their operations overseas to save money, W.L. Gore is staying put in the U.S. Its competitive advantage? Democracy..L. Gore Base Case">
W.L. Gore Base Case
Headquarters: 555 Papermill Rd., Newark, DE 19711
Phone: (410) 506-7787
Business: Manufacture of Specialty Fabrics. Expertise in Fluorocarbon Polymers, Which Resist Wind and Rain. Financials: the Privately Held Company Reports That Its Annual Revenue Is in Excess of $1.5 Billion. Challenges: Grow Revenue and Profitability, Against Low-Cost Labor and Technical Efficiency of Plants Run by Textile Makers in Asia and Other Parts of the World. Support a Highly Collaborative and Distributed Workforce.
- Maintain double-digit sales growth, which brought annual revenue to $1.6 billion in 2004, from $1.2 billion in 2002.
- Create a single "process control" language for engineers operating in four divisions on three continents.
- Uphold financial independence, remaining one of the nation's 200 largest privately held companies, as ranked by Forbes.