Pa.'s Zippo expects 500 millionth lighter in June

April 23, 2012 12:33:58 PM PDT
A Pennsylvania company that makes metal-cased cigarette lighters with lids known for their distinctive "click," is on schedule to produce its 500 millionth lighter this year.

And by ramping up production, Zippo is projecting it can make that happen on June 5 - the birthday of the late George Blaisdell, the man who founded the company in Bradford in 1932.

To celebrate the milestone, Zippo will produce roughly 60,000 replica lighters that day, each with a commemorative stamp. About 50,000 replicas of the 500 millionth lighter produced that day will come with the company's well known brushed chrome finish. Another 10,000 will be made with high-polished Armor cases with gold engraving.

The chrome replicas will sell for $50 and the gold-engraved for $100 through the company's catalog.