Our History


1963 – Original Calphalon Company Founded: Commercial Aluminum Cookware Company

Ronald Kasperzak purchases a small metal spinning company in Perrysburg, Ohio— Commercial Metal. Renamed Commercial Aluminum Cookware Company, Ron’s purpose is to expand and upgrade the limited line of aluminum cookware for the food service industry.

1968 - A Renaissance in Cookware

Commercial Aluminum Cookware is the first company to adapt and apply a new technology developed by the aerospace industry. Hard anodizing is an electrochemical process of treating raw aluminum to create a new professional line of cookware called Calphalon.

1976 – Calphalon Hard Anodized Goes Retail

Calphalon Professional Hard Anodized enters the retail market. For the first time, consumers experience the superior cooking performance and durability that previously only professional chefs enjoy.

1992 – Calphalon Nonstick Line Premieres

Calphalon premieres a nonstick cookware line: Professional Nonstick from Calphalon. With the development of a new cooking surface, the ‘Calphalon’ product name evolves into a brand name.

1993 – Food Service Division Closes

In order to focus solely on the consumer market, Commercial Aluminum Cookware Company closes its food service division. Calphalon’s commercial heritage remains the hallmark of Calphalon consumer product design.

1994 – Utensils and Bakeware Launches

Calphalon expands its portfolio with the launch of its utensil and professional bakeware lines.

1997 – Announcing The Calphalon Corporation

Under its new name, The Calphalon Corporation reveals a new cookware line--Calphalon Commercial Nonstick—featuring Cool V™ handle technology.

1998 – Newell Purchases Calphalon

With Newell’s purchase, The Calphalon Corporation joins a family of well-known brands, including Levolor, Sharpie, and Goody. The following year, Newell purchases the Rubbermaid brand, changing its name to Newell Rubbermaid.

1998 – Commercial Hard Anodized Launches

Calphalon introduces its Commercial Hard Anodized cookware that combines Cool V™ handle technology with the original hard-anodized cooking surface.

2001 – New Tri-Ply Stainless

Calphalon launches Tri-Ply Stainless Steel cookware, designed with three layers that deliver even, consistent heating, while matching the beauty of stainless steel with the cooking performance of aluminum.

2002 – Calphalon Extends Into Cutlery

The same high standards of performance, durability and design that make Calphalon cookware distinctive for more than 25 years now distinguish Calphalon Traditional Cutlery.

2003 – Contemporary Platform: A Design Masterpiece

The new Calphalon Contemporary platform includes Contemporary Nonstick Cookware, Contemporary Stainless Steel Cookware and Contemporary Cutlery. The multi-layer nonstick provides ultra durability, versatility and uniquely shaped vessels. The stainless steel combines modern style with professional performance and dishwasher safe convenience. Finally, Contemporary Cutlery offers consumers a proprietary, patented feature: the name of each knife etched into the end of its handle, so there is never a doubt which knife you are pulling out of the block.

2005 – Introducing Katana Series™ Cutlery

Calphalon enters the Japanese VG1 Damascus style cutlery market with the launch of the Katana Series Cutlery.

2006 – Gadgets Get The Green Light

Calphalon Kitchen Gadgets introduce soft touch, control zone handles for comfort and better control to help you make the most of your ingredients. The collection of 14 includes a can opener, garlic press, pizza wheel, vegetable peeler, ice cream scoop, citrus zester, and coarse 2-way grater.

2007 – Introduction of Classic Nonstick Bakeware

Calphalon Classic Nonstick Bakeware brings to baking what Calphalon cookware brings to cooking-–classic professional quality construction and advanced features for reliably spectacular results. It features a durable, reinforced nonstick coating that provides effortless release of even the stickiest baked goods. The ideal choice for a lifetime of baking.

2008 – Electrics Heat Up

Calphalon Kitchen Electrics offer Style. Performance. Simplicity. Items in the original line include a panini grill, XL convection oven, removable plate grill and No Peek™ waffle maker. In 2010, Kitchen Electrics expands the line to offer a 7 qt. digital slow cooker, 2 and 4 slot toasters, and XL digital convection oven, with more products in development. The collection features our exclusive Opti-Heat System, designed to provide accurate temperature control and even heat delivery, ensuring that foods cook evenly and thoroughly, for results you can count on – every time.

2009 – Revolutionary Release. Dishwasher Safe.

Calphalon UNISON Nonstick cookware offers professional results with nonstick convenience. Two surfaces make the difference: the revolutionary, ultra-smooth Slide Nonstick surface releases foods effortlessly; essential for creating tender omelettes and delicate sauces; and a specially textured Sear Nonstick surface seals in flavor to create juicy braised beef, tuna and vegetables. Each surface is designed to enhance the specific cooking purpose of the pan. The perfect pair – in one set. Calphalon Unison Nonstick is also dishwasher safe!

Committed to natural sustainability, Calphalon creates its ReNew program, an industry first! It is the easy way for consumers to recycle old cookware.

2010 – Calphalon.com: Click. Buy. Cook.

With the redesign of calphalon.com, Calphalon launches their online store and improves the user experience. The site features delicious recipes, culinary tips and tricks, and product information to keep Calphalon kitchenware looking great and performing beautifully. Calphalon.com is the definitive online Calphalon destination.