The Polar Story
Products’ Owner and CEO, William Graessle, is a University of Michigan trained
engineer with over 35 years of experience in the corporate business world. Over
15 years ago, he decided to leave the C-Suite with the desire to be a more
involved citizen and to manufacture a product that made a difference in
people’s lives. Bill found a small Akron company run by local inventor and firefighter,
Steve Kelley. The business, established in 1984, had developed many innovative
products and patents but was adrift as to what to do about them. Over the last
15 years, Bill has grown Polar by leaps and bounds and has transformed Polar
Products Inc. into a leading worldwide manufacturer of body cooling and
hot/cold therapy products.
discovered that the many manufacturers of cooling garments (including Polar!)
tended to have limited product lines based on an even more limited use of a
single cooling technology. This short sightedness severely limited the
effectiveness of their products. Bill applied his scientific and engineering
knowledge, and as a result, Polar Products now manufactures optimized cooling
solutions designed for the vastly diverse cooling requirements, needs and
climates of our customers. To this day, Polar remains the only manufacturer of
cooling garments to take this approach, which allows customer to make educated
and informed choices from six different technologies, resulting in optimal
performance for their unique needs.
Polar cooling garments are used worldwide to cool surgeons in hot operating
rooms, workers in sweltering factory conditions, military personnel out in the
field, athletes and mascots on the sports fields and of course, many thousands
of people who suffer from heat intolerance due to multiple sclerosis (MS) or other
experienced product development team at Polar has designed vests and cooling
garments to blend in fashionably with fine clothing as well as rugged vests
designed for the rigors of the military and heavy industry. Polar offers a wide
variety of cooling garments that hide discreetly under clothing as well as
vests that are ideal for use before, during and after athletic events. Our
product line continues to evolve based on valued feedback from our customers.
also have not forgotten our first priority: to be good citizens to our
employees, our community and our customers. Our commitment to the MS community is
a good example; we do not just sell products to people with MS, we support the
global MS community by donating products for research and non-profit events,
raising awareness, providing support and assistance to clinics and hospitals
across North America and most importantly, providing choices of affordable,
high-quality and effective products to our customers.
Products Inc. is a family-owned and operated small business. From the Polar
family to yours, we thank you for your loyalty and trust in our company.