In 1952 George Stephen Sr. was working at Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing marine buoys when he came up with an idea for a better grill. His invention: a dome-shaped grill with a lid to protect food from the elements, while sealing in that only-from-the-grill barbecue flavor.
George Stephen cut a buoy in half, added some air vents and legs and, in the process, invented the grill that would spark a backyard revolution.
What started out as passion for George 60 years ago has evolved into a grilling revolution that has spread across the world. Today Weber® grills are sold in more than 72 countries, and people all across the globe are having fun with their Weber grills.
Just like in 1952, Weber manufacturing is headquartered in America, with factories in Palatine and Huntley, Illinois.