Our Story

We at Hutzler Manufacturing are a family owned and operated business that has been producing innovative high-quality plastic housewares for over 80 years.

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention! Our founder, Lothar Hutzler, first gained experience from his father, Ludwig’s, thriving housewares business. Soon after the Nazis came to power in Germany, Lothar made the difficult decision to leave his home. He eventually moved to the United States with the plan of starting a business similar to what he had known growing up.  The year was 1938 and Lothar quickly found that metal was in short supply, as it was all going toward the war effort. With no access to traditional raw materials, Lothar and his wife, Zina, became pioneers in manufacturing housewares from plastic. They began with plastic cookie cutters, plastic measuring spoons and plastic funnels. As crazy as it may sound today, this had never been done before. Their innovation sparked demand and we are proud to say that these products are still in our line today!

From our earliest days, we have continued to manufacture in the United States and we have continued to innovate.  Hutzler holds hundreds of product patents throughout the world and we are continually thinking of new ways to make your time in the kitchen a bit easier and a lot of fun!

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Want to know more? Here are some of our innovation highlights from the various decades:

In 1966 we began molding utensils and mixing bowls from Melamine, the highest quality plastic available. Until this time, melamine had never been used for this purpose. Hutzler's Danish Design 6-Pc. Melamine Serving Set was awarded the Housewares Design Award in 1968 as selected by the National Design Center Board of Design. These melamine utensils have also been exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a 2-year traveling exhibition under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institute. Today you can see these same designs copied but not duplicated by manufacturers from all over the world. 

In the 1970's Hutzler made the engineering breakthrough that fiberglass can give additional strength that is lacking from traditional nylon. We used this knowledge to produce Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon Utensils which are beloved in homes across the country and used daily by McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza Hut. 

The 1980's brought the start of the gourmet industry. With it, we created a new division, Gourmac, to help serve the needs of the growing specialty retailers. We also created a line of baking gadgets which received great acclaim as they worked effortlessly and made baking so much easier: the Easy Action Cookie Press, the Fun Gun food decorator, and the Quick Whip® whipped cream and milk frother.

The 1990's brought enormous expansion, including in-house molding and production. We also came full circle back to our roots of metal housewares with the acquisition of the Progressus Company, a leading manufacturer & importer of quality wood and metal housewares.

Hutzler created a new kitchenware category in the aughts: the food saver! Hutzler’s Onion Saver®, Tomato Saver®, Lemon /Lime Saver® and others keep cut fruits and vegetables fresh longer. This line evolved into the line of Snack Attack To-Go containers for healthy snacking anywhere and everywhere.

Most recently, please enjoy our newest line of kitchen organizers for your countertop and sink area.