Igloo dwellers don't need products from Igloo Products. But that still leaves a pretty big market for the ice chest and beverage dispenser manufacturer, perhaps known best for its Playmate brand. Igloo, the top brand in the US, makes 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 through more than 15,000 outlets worldwide. 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.