UCO saddened by loss of founder Greg Draper


Seattle, WA - On September 14th, 2015, Gregory Lee Draper passed away in the presence of those who loved him most. He spent his final days surrounded by friends and family. Greg is survived by his wife, daughter and grandchildren. Those of us at Industrial Revolution, the company he founded as UCO Corporation, are mourning his loss.

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Born on February 20th, 1935 in Bremerton, WA, Greg was a true Pacific Northwest native and a renaissance man. Fulfilling a life-long goal of opening a business in Washington, he co-founded manufacturing company UCO Corporation in 1971, and led the company until its sale in 2005.

Greg’s incredible personality is still felt in the company today. His zest for life and remarkable aptitude for learning made him innately curious about the world he lived in and those he met. These traits are seen in the versatile and unique products that UCO now carries and continues to develop, including products Greg brought to market such as the Original Candle Lantern™ and the YayLabs! Ice Cream Ball™. 

“Greg created an amazing company and filled it with wonderful people,” said Keith Jackson, current owner of Industrial Revolution. “As we’ve grown and evolved over the last ten years, Greg has been a cheerleader, endlessly excited to see where his company could go. I will miss him greatly.”

Draper imparted to his family lessons of hard work, core values and a life that knows no limits. He had an incomparable ability to be a friend to many. First and foremost, he was a loving husband and an exceptional father and grandfather. He demonstrated strength, courage and wisdom until the end.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, October 23rd, 1pm at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way, NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. Learn more about donations in Greg’s memory at the full obituary.

About UCO
Cascadian born in 1971, UCO (pronounced “you-co”) provides trusted essentials in heat, light, and power that can be used from the backcountry to the backyard. Delivering light where you need it, UCO’s versatile product line includes the Original Candle Lantern™, LED Lighting, Stormproof Matches™, StakeLights™, and portable grills. UCO is a division of Industrial Revolution, Inc., a Seattle-based company that manufactures and distributes products enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.

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