Our Heritage

Detroit, Michigan. 1946.

Engineers Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis harness the natural insulating powers of air and create a permanently sealed, double-wall tumbler as a way to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for longer. This innovation would change the drinkware industry forever. Combining the last three letters of each of their last names, Cotter and Davis christened the company “Tervis”.

Florida. A few years later.

The tall cylindrical tumblers soon captured the interest of an adventurous, sun-loving and entrepreneurial family who purchased the product rights to Tervis in the 1960s, and moved the company to their home state to embrace the spirit of the sunshine life and all the outdoor activities the south has to offer. In the following years, Tervis improved and expanded upon the original design and introduced decorations, emblems and colors to create drinkware as unique as their consumers.


Tervis currently offers tumblers in numerous sizes, water bottles, sippy cups and wine glasses, 1000s of original and licensed designs and emblems and a full complement of accessories.The third generation family-owned-and-operated business, now employs more than 900 people and is celebrating 70 years of Made in the USA success.