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Revolutionizing cookware
for almost half a century

When the first bonded pan rolled off our Pennsylvania assembly line nearly 50 years
ago, it forever changed how cookware was crafted.

OUR HISTORY

In Western Pennsylvania born and raised

Our company could’ve been started anywhere, but our founder picked Canonsburg, Pennsylvania a small borough near his hometown, because it offered benefits no other place could. As the birthplace of the American steel and aluminum industries, the region is unmatched when it comes to metal fabrication technology and its metalworkers are among the most skilled in the world. Just like him, we’re proud to be from PA and we look forward to continue crafting the best cookware in the world right here for generations to come.

OUR HISTORY

Changing the world of cookware since 1971

The man of metal

Our founder, John Ulam wasn’t a professional chef or a product engineer. He just happened to know metals better than anyone. A renowned metallurgist, John had more than 75 patents for metal crafting and his innovations transformed the metals used to manufacture car parts, build airplanes, and even mint coins.

Reinventing the pan

Being an avid home cook, John wondered what would happen if he applied his patented metal crafting methods to cookware. So, in the spirit of invention, he took layers of stainless steel, bonded them with aluminum, and shaped them into pans.

All-Clad is born

This new bonded cookware cooked food more evenly, was easy to clean, didn’t alter flavors, and didn’t tarnish or warp. It was such a hit, John started our company, All-Clad Metalcrafters, in 1971. Shortly after, he opened a factory near his hometown in Western Pennsylvania.

OUR CRAFTSMANSHIP

We still make them like we used to

Manufacturing has changed a lot since All-Clad was founded, but our commitment to craftsmanship hasn’t. Unlike other manufacturers who’ve increasingly relied on automation to boost production, we do most of our crafting using time-tested methods to maintain a higher level of quality. Before a piece of bonded cookware makes it to your kitchen, over a dozen skilled hands work on it.


Stage 1: Bonding

 

In this initial stage, our metalcrafters combine different metals like steel and aluminum to form a stronger, more responsive, more durable metal

Stack 'em up

[Metalcrafter Number 1] kicks things off by meticulously layering sheets of metal, ensuring there aren’t any foreign particles, abrasions, or anything else that will affect bonding.

Up the heat and pressure

[Metalcrafter Number 2] sends the joint sheets through an oven that makes it easier for the metals to bond.The sheets then go into back-to-back rolling mills anda second oven so they stick together, becoming one sheet of bonded metal.

Level set. . .and cut

Once the metal sheets cool, [Metalcrafter Number 3] puts them through a leveler to flatten them, then usesa press to punch discs from them. The discs are checked for imperfections or irregularities before going tothe next stage.


Stage 2: Forming

 

At this stage, our metalcrafters transform flat discs of bonded metal into their familiar cookware shapes.

Shape up and ship out

[Metalcrafter Number 4] lays the discs onto a hydraulic or spinning press, depending on the product, and like a potter, molds the disc into a pot or pan shape.


Stage 3: Finishing

 

At this stage, with the metals set and formed into the desired shape, our metalcrafters give the cookware its signature look.

Getting buff

All the pan is missing is the signature shine, so [Metalcrafter Number 5] uses high-speed buffers to polish the outside until it’s as dazzling as a gem.

Polishing up

With the outside nice and shiny, it’s time for the inside to match. So, [Metalcrafter Number 6] hand-polishes the inside until it’s pristine and ready for cooking.

Checking the angles

Once polished, a machine etches a starburst pattern on the pan and [Metalcrafter Number 7] measures the pan’s surface, making sure it dips at the ideal angle, then sends it to the laser machine to be inscribed.


Stage 4: Riveting

 

At this stage, the cookware piece has the right shape and the right look. It’s just a handle away from being ready for the kitchen.

Handled with care

Once it’s inscribed, [Metalcrafter Number 8] punches pairs of holes 180 apart then fastens the handle(s) with steel rivets so strong, they’re known for never coming off.

End of the line

At last, the fully finished pan makes it to [Metalcrafter Number 9] who inspects it one last time and wipes it with a soft cloth before it’s packaged and sent off on its long culinary journey.

Warm it up

With all stages complete and quality checks done, your next All-Clad pan is just a purchase away from cooking your next best meal.

“Don’t worry about bells and whistles,
worry about delivering maximum performance.”

 

- JOHN ULAM, ALL-CLAD FOUNDER

OUR MISSION

Crafted with passion to ignite yours

The same enthusiasm and creativity cooks put into every dish they make, we put into every piece of cookware we make. To us, cooking to perfection is more than just a saying, it’s our mission. And we challenge ourselves to help all cooks accomplish that goal every day.