For 23 years I worked for and represented Corning Glass Works, the finest glass ceramics company in the world and the makers of Corning Ware and Visions cookware, Pyrex bakeware and Corelle dinnerware. It was during these years that I was blessed with working with so many wonderful people who helped to shape and mold my love for the glass and ceramics business
In October of 2004, three years after my tenure with Corning ended I received an unsolicited e-mail from Taiwan asking me if I would be interested in a new high temperature ceramic material that could go on top of the stove and under the broiler, a product that would surpass the cooking performance and benefits of the original Corning Ware. I say the original Corning Ware because the Corning Ware manufacturing facility in Martinsburg,WV was closed and dismantled in 2002. Corning Ware is still being marketed today by World Kitchen but the product is now being made of stoneware and not the patented pyro-ceram material that made Corning Ware so recognizable. There is a very limited amount of Coring Ware and Vision now being made in France but the nature of this glass ceramic material makes it more suited for oven or microwave cooking and for stove top usage. Glass ceramic is a poor conductor of heat and it does not have very good thermal properties which are essential for stove top cooking.
That single e-mail from 2004 became the catalyst for what would end up being three additional years of research, testing and product development. In February of 2007 Ceramcor, LLC was officially established in Toms River, New Jersey.
I also want to thank my fellow Ceramcor partners, Bob Bergstrom and Shirlin Cheung, for their expertise and support in developing the Xtrema product line that is now being sold though out the world with retailers and distributors inCanada, the UK,Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.
It is our vision to make our Xtrema non-scratch 100% ceramic cookware products the healthiest for you and our planet. We also want to develop the safest and most versatile cooking alternative versus metal cookware which consists of thinly applied temporary ceramic or thermal plastic non-stick coatings that don’t last. We intend to do everything in our power to make sure that your cooking experience is the absolute best that it can be by providing you with products that can go from the stove –top to the oven to the broiler to the microwave, to the toaster oven to the table and then to the refrigerator, to the freezer and finally to the dishwasher. See if your metal cookware can do that?
We love what we do and we love our customers and we truly hope and pray that the effort that we put forth and their results will gain your respect and confidence and both honor and glorify God.
Founder & President Rich Bergstrom