The Companion Group has returned to its roots, having moved to new offices at 9th and Gilman Streets in Berkeley, CA. The Companion Group began in Berkeley in 1984 as founders Chuck Adams and Doug Fielding started out selling chimney-style charcoal starters by visiting local retailers door-to-door.
The company has grown into a “family of brands,” it stated, with lines such as Charcoal Companion, Steven Raichlen Best of Barbecue, pizzacraft, and Planet Barbecue that encompass such categories as grilling, pizza-making, and other cooking and outdoor living segments. As it evolved, the company moved its offices from Berkeley to Oakland, and Emeryville. As of the beginning of October 2012, Companion Group takes up residence in Berkeley again.
“It’s such a good feeling to be working again in Berkeley after all these years. I am a ’60s kind of guy, so being smack-dab in the middle of this incredibly unique, diverse community truly appeals to me and to our dedicated staff, many of whom are also Berkeley residents. Doug and I see this move as an important step in strengthening the mission of our company: to continually grow our business with consistent innovative product design while also providing a comfortable, dynamic workplace built with a thoughtful eye towards our impact on the local and global environment,” Adams, Companion Group CEO, said.
The Companion Group’s official address is 1250 9th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.