End-of-the-line for Canmore pipe bags?
W.L. Gore, the company that introduced the first mass-market synthetic pipe bag in the mid-1980s, has announced that it is closing its operation in Livingston, Scotland, with as many as 25 employees losing their jobs this spring.
The company says that by June it will have ceased production of Canmore pipe bags at its Livingston factory, which also produces filtration products. Some of the company’s operations will be relocated, and a purchaser of the pipe bag business is being sought.
While the Canmore bag was the first major synthetic pipe bag brought to market, the brand has lost favour with most established pipers, looking instead to products from companies like Bannatyne and Gannaway. The demand for traditional sheepskin and hide pipe bags has also remained strong, and has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years.