While actual Igloo dwellers aren't among the company's top customers, Igloo Products and its Playmate brand of ice chests and beverage dispensers enjoy a sizeable market. Igloo, the nation's top brand, manufactures insulated coolers for personal and industrial use and claims that nearly three in every four US households owns an Igloo cooler. The company's more than 500 products (including personal, beverage, and full-sized coolers) are sold worldwide through 15,000-plus outlets. Founded in 1947 as a maker of metal water coolers, the company's first all-plastic ice chest was introduced in 1962. After several ownership changes since 2000, Igloo Products is owned by J.H. Whitney & Co.