When the Web was hot in 1952! Weber Grill's is manufacured in Chicago and have over 3,000 employees.
We have owned a weber for decades and will never change. It is Zen-like as I clear the bottom, setting the charcoal just right based on the correct meat, watch the coals burn, and timing to make the best steaks, chicken, pork, and yes, even veggies. All my sons learned on the weber, and one of them probably take this one from my cold dead hand (of course, after the grill is off). Here is an article about Weber and the inventor, George Stephen.