Industrial Revolution, Inc. was founded in Redmond, Washington as UCO Corporation in 1971. After a few years of making metal parts for K2, JanSport, and Boeing, we introduced our Original Candle Lantern. Filling a niche, this lantern became a staple outdoor accessory. UCO quickly became the world leader in the production of Candle Lanterns with designs and accessories that were superior to all other available products. Innovation has been a cornerstone of the company ever since. We offer a full line of Candle Lanterns including the Original, the Micro, the Mini, and the Candlelier.
In recent years, we have focused on expanding our product offerings. Our internal product development has ramped up to where we are now launching multiple products each year. We also began importing products from European manufacturers. With each addition to our product family, we focus on outdoor products that are high quality, uniquely innovative and affordable.
1971: UCO Corporation founded.
1981: Original Candle Lantern introduced.
1982: UltraPod® introduced.
1996: Mini Candle Lantern introduced.
1998: Candlelier Lantern introduced.
2004: We began selling our Play and Freeze® Ice Cream Maker, a product spawned from the outdoor industry which now delights children and adults everywhere with fresh ice cream.
2005: UCO Corporation became Industrial Revolution. We became the exclusive U.S. distributor for Light My Fire products from Sweden. We expanded our offerings to the outdoor, housewares, and travel industries.
2008: The big news was the acquisition of Pedco, the manufacturer of US-made UltraPod tripods and the versatile UltraClamp.
2009: UCO Stormproof Matches are introduced. We partnered with DAJO Adventure Gear and launched the Survivor Knife.
2010: We introduced the Pedco CellPod® and a larger UltraClamp Assembly designed for auto-enthusiasts.
2011: We became the North American distributor for Esbit. Micro Candle Lantern introduced. The Play and Freeze® Ice Cream Maker was re-introduced as the YayLabs! Ice Cream Ball.
2012: In June, we moved to our new office and warehouse facilities south of Seattle in the city of Tukwila.