Established in 1977 by company founders Dave Sanderson and Steve Kottman, SKB Corporation manufactured its first guitar case in a small Anaheim, California garage. Today, SKB is recognized globally as an industry leader in the design and manufacture of molded polymer transport cases.
Vacuum, rotational or injection molded, these cases are engineered to provide protection for equipment utilized by hundreds of companies involved in diverse industries from music and pro-audio products to military, industrial and medical applications.
SKB even supplies maximum travel protection for consumer sports and electronics equipment. The familiar SKB logo has symbolized uncompromising quality and unsurpassed durability for three decades.
SKB Corporation started as a musical case manufacturer with only one major client, Fender Guitars. To eliminate a manufacturing slow-down when the music industry slowed, SKB began searching for additional industries to service. They came across the telecommunications industry that was booming at the time, and developed polyethylene cases for a cabling company.
In 1990 while searching for additional industries to produce cases for, rifle owners in Montana were looking for a better rifle case to travel with. They were purchasing SKB Keyboard cases from the music stores and taking the interiors out to add their own foam to protect their guns while flying to destination hunts. "If gun enthusiasts were willing to buy a keyboard case and tear it apart to make a better gun case", SKB would diversify and develop the best rifle case they could", stated Dave Sanderson. They soon realized that archery and golf markets presented an even larger market and by the end of 1990 SKB had expanded into the sporting goods market with 170 employees building more than a million dollars' worth of cases per month, including 8000 golf cases alone.