Filament Brands

Spark. Create. Lead.

WHO WE ARE

Every day we come together with a vision that, we can,
collectively - do better.

Experience and innovation.
Design and detail.
Old school and new school.
Track record meets trend savvy. 

The perfect union of what's
been, and what's possible.

OUR BRANDS

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TASTEFUL INGENUITY

Chef’n Founder David Holcomb launched his first invention in 1982 on the principle that kitchen products could be smarter, easier, and a lot of fun. Since then, the company has been moving in fast forward with a passion for innovation in our products, our operations, and our people. The entrepreneurial spirit David instilled in the Seattle-based company has fueled creativity in both the design and business arenas. Chef’n remains on the cutting edge of innovation and has won numerous design and best-companies-to-work-for awards.

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EVERYDAY ENTERTAINING

Founded in 1983, Rabbit is the leading wine and barware brand in the United States. In 2017, RBT and Mako were added to the Rabbit family to appeal to an expanding customer base. Rabbit is committed to a broadening portfolio of differentiated products through constant new product development. Rabbit creates well designed and functional wine, beer and bar tools for everyday entertaining. A core pillar of our design is to bring people together. Our products aim to help you open wine faster, chill whiskey longer, and keep beer fresher, so you can spend more time enjoying.

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TRUSTED SINCE 1851

For over 160 years, Taylor’s motto “Accuracy First” coined by founder George Taylor, has served as the backbone for our industry-leading reputation for best in class quality and performance. Today, Taylor is home to a market leading product portfolio across the kitchen measurement, bath scales, and weather instrument categories. Taylor’s innovative solutions, responsiveness, quality and reliability, coupled with a host of category management solutions, provides retailers with a turn key solution and valued partner.

BUSINESS

While the oldest brand in the Filament family, Taylor, traces history back to 1851, the reality is, we’re just getting started. In fact, the year was 2012. In the past five years, we’ve created a company around best-in-class design, engineering, operations, and marketing that enables us to deliver a portfolio of highly differentiated consumer brands. The newly formed parent company, Filament Brands, is an embodiment of our mission statement and emphasizes the strong creative and professional talents that our company possesses. Our success leverages a history of relentless customer focus and challenger mindset to redefine our future.

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Company Milestones

2017 Corporate Rebrand

SEATTLE, WA, March 2017

Taylor Precision Products—parent company of the Rabbit, Chef’n, Taylor, Salter and Springfield brands—is now known as Filament Brands.The company said its rebranding, which includes a new logo and website, reflects its evolution as a company as well as its vision and groundwork for the future. “The company chose Filament after brainstorming over a few months and considering over 100 names,” said CEO Rob Kay. “We wanted to choose a name which conveyed our culture and mission. We are an innovation engine and focus on great ideas and bringing them to market. Filament conveys this message. Spark. Create. Lead.“Over the past five years, we have truly differentiated ourselves within our industry,” Kay said. “We’ve structured our best in class design, engineering, operations and marketing to offer products that are stylish and functionally relevant. Filament Brands, our new name, is an embodiment of our mission statement and emphasizes the strong creative and professional talents that our company possesses ... Our success leverages a history of relentless customer focus and challenger mindset to redefine our future.” The company said it will debut two brands at the International Home + Housewares Show this month, but declined to reveal any details about them prior to the show.

2017 D.STIL Hydration Launch

SEATTLE, WA | May 4, 2017 / PRNewswire

 

Today, Filament Brands is proud to announce the launch of d.stil, a new hydration brand comprised of functional and stylish water bottles and thermal beverage containers now available for purchase at Target – online and in stores. Designed and engineered by the team behind Chef'n, a Seattle-based company with more than 30 years of product design excellence, d.stil offers a collection designed with a unique combination of colors, materials and finishes. d.stil is purpose-driven and empowers consumers to look good and give back with every sip through a partnership with Water.org.

 

Together with Water.org, an international non-profit organization founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, d.stil strives to empower people by providing access to water and sanitation solutions. d.stil is on a mission to spark change, having already donated to help 400 people with access to safe water since launching the partnership. Today, over 663 million people do not have access to safe water and together, with Water.org, d.stil hopes to help end the global water crisis.

"Water.org is thankful for the support of d.stil. Donations from d.stil will help empower families around the world with access to safe water and sanitation," says Gary White, Co-founder and CEO of Water.org, "We are honored to have such great supporters taking action to change lives with safe water."

d.stil's initial product offering launches at Target stores nationwide and consists of three distinct collections, including the Pinch & Carry Water Bottle, Straw Top Bottle and Pop Top Tumbler. The Pinch & Carry Water Bottle comes in stainless steel ($19.99) and BPA-free Tritan plastic ($14.99), holds 28 ounces, includes a convenient carrying strap and features a large mouth opening for citrus infusion. The Straw Top Bottle (available in June) features a discreet and innovative pop up lid, foldaway straw, and silicone grip ($17.99-24.99). The Pop Top Tumbler includes a spill-proof locking lid and double walled thermal body suitable for hot and cold drinks ($17.99-24.99).

"Our goal in creating d.stil is to curate a fashion-forward collection that fits into a consumer's active, socially conscious lifestyle," says Brighid Brady, Brand Manager of d.stil. "In working with Water.org, we are able to partner with an internationally recognized organization to empower families around the world with access to safe water and sanitation, while helping to fulfill our mission – hydration with a purpose."

To learn how you can get involved in solving the global water crisis, visit Water.org. Follow d.stil on Instagram and Facebook, and visit drinkdstil.com for more information.

ABOUT D.STIL: d.stil is a new line of active, reusable water bottles and thermal containers designed with fashion, function, and philanthropy in mind. Developed by Seattle-based Chef'n, each d.stil bottle combines specially-curated finishes and materials with convenient, on-the-go use. Each purchase supports Water.org's important mission to provide people around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. For more information surrounding d.stil, please visit www.drinkdstil.com.

ABOUT FILAMENT: Filament is a category leader and innovator in the housewares industry.  Brands under the Filament banner include: Rabbit, RBT, Mako, Chef'n, VIBE by Chef'n, Taylor Kitchen, Taylor Bath, Taylor Weather, EatSmart, Springfield and Salter. Filament brands have wide distribution and are sold all over the world. Retailers and consumers look to Filament brands to deliver innovative solutions in, and around the home. Filament evokes a vibrant, smart, aligned team steeped in history and pushing the boundaries of ingenuity. An inspired group of people and products produced by a unified spark to do better. For additional information, please visit www.filamentbrands.com

ABOUT WATER.ORG: For more than 25 years, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers market-driven financial solutions to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation – giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than six million people around the world. Learn more at http://water.org and www.facebook.com/water.

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2014 Chef'n Acquired

OAK BROOK, IL, June 2014

Taylor Precision Products, Inc., a leading North American marketer of a wide range of branded consumer houseware products, announced today the acquisition of The Chef’n Corporation, an innovative design leader in the global housewares industry.

Chef’n, based in Seattle, WA, is the Company’s third acquisition since the June 2012 acquisition of Taylor by Centre Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, in conjunction with Rob Kay, who serves as Chairman & CEO. Since Mr. Kay joined Taylor, the company has doubled its size through innovative brand marketing, product development and acquisitions. Kay commented, “We are extremely excited to be adding Chef’n’s unique products and brands to the Taylor portfolio. The combination will further enhance our ability to deliver the most meaningful offerings to our retail trade partners and consumers.”

Taylor will retain Chef’n’s Seattle operations, where the company has been based for 32 years. Said Mr. Kay, “Chef’n maintains a best-in-class innovation and design team that supports the Company’s new product development efforts. We look forward to leveraging these exemplary talents across the entire Taylor organization.”

Affirmed Chef’n Founder David Holcomb, “Taylor’s category leadership, relationships with key retailers, and vision for growth made it the clear partner for Chef’n. I look forward to working with Rob and the rest of the Taylor team to execute on this vision over the coming years.” Holcomb founded Chef’n in 1982, starting with the “Garlic Machine” – an innovative device for chopping fresh garlic cloves in a clean and efficient manner. Today the Company has over 300 patents with products available in 40+ countries.

2013 Rabbit Acquired

OAK BROOK, IL, November 13, 2013

Taylor Precision Products, whose products include bathroom and kitchen scales, has purchased Metrokane, a marketer of wine accessories and barware sold primarily under the Rabbit and Houdini brand names.

Metrokane is Taylor's second acquisition since it was bought out in June 2012 by Centre Partners, a New York private equity firm, in conjunction with Rob Kay, who became executive chairman. Kay has since has broadened Taylor's product offerings through new product development and strategic acquisitions, the company said, and the acquisition of both Metrokane and a niche bath and kitchen scale brand are expected to increase Taylor's revenues by more than 50 percent.

"We are extremely excited to be adding the world class brands and products of Metrokane, who created the wine accessory category over the past 15 years," said Kay. "This combination will further enhance Taylor's capability to offer the most meaningful brands and products to our retail trade partners and builds a strong cornerstone addition to our growing portfolio."

Metrokane's founders, Riki Kane and Bob Larimer, will remain with the company for a long transition period, according to Kay. "We respect what Riki Kane and her team have accomplished and will continue to support their brands, products and innovations in product design and packaging."

Kane added, "Rob's vision for growth makes it clear that Taylor is the right partner for Metrokane, with the resources to take our business to the next level."Kane founded Metrokane in New York in 1983, starting with a manual citrus juicer she discovered in Mexico. In 2000, the company introduced the Rabbit Corkscrew, the first of more than a hundred wine accessory and barware products.

2012 TAYLOR Product Acquired

NEW YORK, NY | June 11, 2012

Centre Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm, announced today that it has acquired Taylor Precision Products, Inc. (“Taylor”) from Homedics, Inc. Taylor, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, is the leading North American marketer of a wide range of consumer and foodservice precision measurement products, including kitchen scales, thermometers and timers; bath scales; and outdoor weather measurement products, under a variety of owned and licensed brand names including Taylor®, Homedics® and Salter®.

Taylor’s heritage dates back over 160 years and the company boasts a reputation for providing accurate and high-quality products to a diverse spectrum of retail customers, ranging from high-end specialty stores to mass merchandisers, hardware stores, club stores and grocery retailers. Taylor has maintained market leadership by providing high-quality, attractive products at a competitive price for consumers, together with outstanding retail customer service and support.

Bruce Pollack, a Managing Partner of Centre Partners, said, “We are pleased to invest in Taylor and to establish the business as an independent company. We look forward to supporting Taylor by providing important resources, including capital, further strengthening its management team and implementing new product and marketing initiatives.”

Centre operating partner Rob Kay has been named Executive Chairman of Taylor, joining the current team led by Don Robinson. Mr. Kay is the former Executive Chairman of Kaz, Inc., a leading manufacturer of home environment appliances, including vaporizers, humidifiers, thermometers, and heating pads that was previously a Centre Partners’ portfolio company.

Mr. Kay added, “I am proud to have another opportunity to lead a Centre Partners company. The acquisition of Taylor is a unique opportunity to buy and build a leading company in the branded consumer products sector, where we have considerable prior experience and success. Taylor has a number of well-established brands in its portfolio and is well-positioned as a platform for growth through organic initiatives and acquisitions.”

Mr. Pollack continued, “We are excited to partner again with Rob Kay who has a successful track record of building businesses in the consumer products sector. Rob’s expertise will complement that of Don Robinson and Taylor’s talented management team.”

“We’re extremely pleased to be a part of the Centre Partners team and to work alongside Rob Kay,” added Mr. Robinson. “Centre’s expertise and support, combined with Rob’s operational experience, will be very valuable as we grow our business.”

Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC* acted as exclusive financial advisor to the seller in connection with the transaction. *Securities offered through Sawaya Segalas Securities, LLC.