Zippo 500 Millionth lighter to be produced on June 5, 2012, the late founder’s birthday (Photo)

By on Apr 24, 2012 in Business, Lifestyle, United States Comments

Zippo confirmed on Monday, April 23, 2012 that its 500 millionth lighter will be produced on June 5, 2012, as shown in the photo below, which will coincide with the birthday celebration of its late founder, George G. Blaisdell.

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According to a post by Zippo on its official website that day, the 500 millionth Zippo lighter will be created at the company’s manufacturing plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania, the hometown of Blaisdell, who was born on June 5, 1895 and passed away in 1975.

“When we realized that our 500 millionth lighter and the birthday of Mr. Blaisdell were both on the horizon, we decided to ramp up production to ensure the milestones would coincide.” Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth was quoted at

“We are also excited that the 500 Millionth achievement is occurring during our 80th anniversary year.” Booth added, with Zippo Manufacturing Company being founded in 1932 and produced it first lighter in early 1933.

“Let the countdown begin. Looks like we’re going to make our 500,000,000 lighter on June 5. End to end they’d stretch from our hometown of Bradford all the way to Bangkok and back again. Here’s what the 500 millionth lighter will look like.” A statement reads at Zippo‘s official Facebook page, along with the photo of the commemorative lighter, which was also announced on their official Twitter account.

As noted by Zippo, their 500 millionth lighter will be a classic brushed chrome product with two-tone engraving, a distinctive bottom stamp, a time stamp on the front, and an individual serial number of ‘1’, which will be placed on permanent display in the Zippo/Case Museum.

Zippo noted that they will dedicate almost all the lighters to be produced on the 500 millionth lighter celebration day to the creation of two highly collectible commemorative lighters: a 500 millionth replica and a deluxe limited edition model; with all the lighters to be produced on June 5, 2012 to feature a unique and custom bottom stamp.

Apparently, the 500 Millionth Replica Edition was said to feature a classic brushed chrome finish with two-tone engraving, a unique bottom stamp, used exclusively on Zippo lighters produced on June 5, will feature the month, day and year of the production, with about 50,000 pieces to be produced.

On the other hand, the 500 Millionth Limited Edition commemorative lighter will feature a deep carved high polish Armor case stylized with rich gold color fill and enhanced with a gold-flashed insert, where each of the approximately 10,000 lighters to have a unique serial number lasered on the front of the case.

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