W. L. Gore & Associates designs and manufactures a range of technology products for the electronics, fabrics, industrial and medical markets. The company offers a variety of implantable medical devices that a used for the treatment of cardiovascular problems. It designs and manufactures a variety of filters and wire and cable assemblies. The company also serves clients in the automotive, aerospace, chemical processing, medical, environment, energy, semiconductor and pharmaceutical, as well as military bases. W. L. Gore & Associates has annual sales of more than $2 billion. It employs a staff of over 8,500 people in nearly 45 locations throughout the world. W. L. Gore & Associates has been in operation since1958 and offers products under the GORE-TEX, ELIXIR, Tenar, WINDSTOPPER and GORE PROCEL brands.