'Zebra Technologies' is a manufacturer of thermal bar code label and receipt printers, RFID smart label printer/encoders, and card printers, based in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Zebra has products in 100 countries around the world. Zebra-brand printers are used by more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
Zebra was incorporated in 1969 as 'Data Specialties Incorporated', a manufacturer of high-speed electro-mechanical products. The company changed its focus to specialty on-demand labeling and ticketing systems in 1982, and became 'Zebra Technologies Corporation' in 1986. Zebra became a publicly traded company in 1991. Today, with more than $650 million in annual sales, the company manufactures all of its printers in US-based facilities located in Vernon Hills, Illinois and Camarillo, California. The company also manufactures and distributes printer supplies from its facilities in Wisconsin, Rhode Island, California, High Wycombe and Preston, England, Heerenveen in the Netherlands. All of Zebra's design and manufacturing sites are certified to the ISO 9000 international standard for quality management.