HeritageCosco was founded in 1935. The only product was a metal matchbox that held large wood matches and provided a place to discard hot used ones. Soon the new firm, Columbus Specialty Company, expanded into tinware items such as dust pans, breadboxes and sugar canisters. The next step was into steel, and then molded plastic, materials which are the basis of most Cosco products today.
In 1941, the the company began using the Cosco brand name, a contraction of COlumbus Specialty COmpany. As did most factories, Cosco made military equipment during World War II. After the war, Cosco introduced the first full line of all-metal household stools and, in 1949, an all-metal high chair, the first in an ever-expanding line of juvenile products.
Cosco celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1960 as the largest manufacturer of step stools and carts, the second largest of folding furniture, and a leader in juvenile products. In fact, in 1964, the Toilette™ trainer was introduced; it was an award-winning product representing a novel approach to the process, and is still on the market today.
Cosco has continued to innovate throughout the years. In 1974, the Two-Step™ step stool was introduced; it and many variations are still being sold. In 1982, Cosco’s Safe-T-Seat™ became the first child restraint approved for use on aircraft. 1994 saw the expansion of Cosco’s step stool line into the 3-step category with the Tri-Step™ which featured a Paint ’n Tool™ tray and compact fold. And in 1998, Cosco debuted its High Back Booster which became < in the U.S. in just under a year.
In addition to design, Cosco also concentrates on fashion. It is the first juvenile products company of its kind to participate in licensing programs, including Eddie Bauer, NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt and Mark Martin. Cosco’s marketing department includes an in-house advertising agency with state-of-the-art equipment to handle everything from licensing needs to instructions to consumer education programs.
Cosco’s fully equipped in-house test facilities, including its own advanced “crash” test sled for car-seat testing, help ensure compliance with both government and voluntary safety standards and assist in maintaining Cosco’s high standard of quality.
All these factors combine to support Cosco’s continued reputation as a leading manufacturer of juvenile and home furnishings products found throughout the world.