The company was founded in 1846 in Providence, Rhode Island, and initially manufactured gold and silver casings for pencils, reflecting the Cross family's history as jewelers. The company was founded by Richard Cross who passed it on to his son Alonzo T. Cross. The company developed many writing instruments, including forerunners of the modern mechanical pencils, and the earliest stylographic pens. The company was sold to Walter R. Boss in 1916 and members of the Boss family remain on the board of directors. The company has been publicly owned since 1971.
The A.T. Cross Company has been a manufacturer and marketer of writing instruments since 1846. Sold primarily under the Cross brand, offering ball-point, fountain and selectip rolling ball pens and mechanical pencils. The company also designs and markets branded personal and business accessories, including reading glasses, personal and business accessories and sunglasses. Its products are manufactured in China and distributed in more than 140 markets. The company has writing instrument marketing subsidiaries in the U.K., Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Canada.
The Cross Optical Group ("COG") segment of the company consists of its wholly owned subsidiary Cross Optical Group, Inc., that designs, manufactures and markets sunglasses under the brand names Costa and Native.
Founded in Florida in 1983, the Costa brand uses advanced polarized lens technology. The other brand of sunglasses offered by the Cross Optical Group is Native, whose products are built for active consumers who enjoy running, hiking, climbing, biking and other activities.
A.T. Cross is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC(R) under the symbol ATX.
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