Pelican Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Rescuers make use of Pelican protective cases

TORRANCE (CA) –­ Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases and containers and advanced portable lighting tools is celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2016.

Sensitive equipment requires protection, and since 1976 the answer has been the Pelican™ Protector Case. Their cases are designed rugged, and travel the harshest environments on earth. Against the extreme cold of the arctic or the heat of battle, Pelican cases have survived. Their lighting tools are used by professionals including firefighters, police, military, aerospace, industrial, as well as consumers for general and outdoor use. Built Pelican tough, they offer the brightness, safety and functionality needed whether in the field or at home.

“Pelican has been on an amazing journey from its beginnings in a garage in 1976 to becoming the global power in the design and manufacture of the toughest products in their categories,” said Lyndon Faulkner, Pelican’s President and CEO. “Our continued success is a testament to the people who have contributed their ideas, vision, enthusiasm and hard work over the years.”

The company offers its evolving and wide-ranging product lines across three distinctive divisions, allowing for focused attention to the individual needs of its diverse customer base. These are:

  • Commercial / Government continues to deliver reliable Protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting tools to military, fire, law enforcement, aerospace and industrial professionals worldwide. Their products have been tested and survived on the battlefield, dropped from helicopters and consistently performed in harsh environments.
  •  Pelican’s Consumer Division offers its diverse customer base a full line of protective cases, coolers, drinkware, luggage and advanced lighting systems. Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman / adventurist, techy, or photographer, you’ll be ready for any of life’s adventures with any Pelican Consumer.
  • Pelican BioThermal provides the widest range of temperature-controlled, thermally-protected packaging and service solutions to the global life sciences industry. The company’s products ensure that delicate biological materials arrive intact and effective, despite exterior environments.

The timeline below provides a quick glance at pivotal developments in the company’s history, including new product launches, strategic acquisitions and international expansion:

  • 1976 – Pelican is founded by Dave Parker in a Torrance, California garage
  • 1978 – The first Pelican Protector Case is created
  • 1981 – The first Pelican SabreLite is introduced
  • 2004 – Pelican is purchased by private equity firm Behrman Capital
  • 2006 – Lyndon Faulkner appointed as CEO
  • 2007 – Rapid global expansion in Asia and Europe
  • 2008 – General Peter Pace becomes the Chairman of Pelican’s board
  • The company purchases Bluei UK and their popular Remote Area Lighting System is born
  • 2009 – Pelican purchases its nearest case rival – Hardigg Industries
  • 2011 – The company purchases noted Australian rotational molded case maker Trimcast
  • 2011 – More global expansion with offices opening in India, Singapore and South Africa
  • 2012 – Pelican consumer products are launched – coolers and backpacks
  • 2013 – Company purchases noted temperature controlled packaging company Minnesota Thermal Science
  • 2014 – Company purchases Cool Logistics in the United Kingdom and forms Pelican BioThermal after unifying it with Minnesota Thermal Science
  • Pelican introduces their smartphone and consumer electronics case line
  • 2015 – Pelican’s Commercial/Government, Consumer and BioThermal divisions are created

Visit to learn more. Pelican Products, Inc. is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco. 

Soliders operating in a wildland setting making use of Pelican cases

About Pelican

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance protective cases and containers and advanced portable lighting tools. Pelican products are used by both consumers and professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Pelican products are designed and built to last a lifetime. Headquartered in Torrance, CA, Pelican operates in 23 countries, with 30 offices and six manufacturing facilities across the globe. For more information, visit or

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