About Throughout the Years

It’s always nice when people notice you’ve been up to something good – and when they then shout it from the rooftops, that’s not so bad, either! Here's a small sampling of some of our favorite things that have been said about our ambitious little family company and outstanding products in the national press these last couple of years, along with some of our own bigger company announcements.


In the Beginning...

The Hatteras story begins back in 1971, when a young Mr. Perkins was a buyer for the American Tobacco Company, which had him traveling often, all throughout the Southeast. Before one particular work trip out to his beloved Carolina beaches, his mother asked him if he’d pick her up one of those rope hammocks like you’d see sold all along the coast. As soon as Mr. P. found her one, he knew he had to buy another for himself. An avid woodworker with a true inventor’s streak, he couldn’t resist the idea of taking it apart, putting it back together, figuring out what made it work.

1971

Greenville, NC

Hatteras Hammocks® founder Walter R. Perkins Jr. introduces the Tri-Beam® Steel Hammock Stand.

1973

Greenville, NC

First one-piece hammock ring-and-chain hanging assembly introduced.

1977

Greenville, NC

Hatteras Hammocks® is the first hammock company to develop, and manufacture, its own rope.

1978

Greenville, NC

First true hammock pillow introduced, with straps for securing to spreader bars.

1979

Hollywood, CA

Bob Barker begins awarding Hatteras Hammocks®, and later, Pawleys Island Hammocks®, to contestants on The Price Is Right, the longest-running game-show in history.

1982

Greenville, NC

Birth of the quilted hammock.

1986

Greenville, NC

First full-shade hammock canopy introduced.

1989

Chicago, IL

Hatteras Hammocks® Roman Arc® Cypress Hammock Stand wins International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market’s Lillian B. Winchester Best in Show Design Excellence Award.

1990

Design Excellence Award

Our products have won this prestigious International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market honor on four separate occasions. That includes Hatteras Hammocks bringing home the trendsetting market’s highest design honor, The Lillian B. Winchester Best in Show Design Excellence Award, in 1990, for our Roman Arc® Cypress Hammock Stand, to this day the most widely copied hammock stand around.

1990

Greenville, NC

Tri-Beam® Steel Hammock Stand improved with addition of 360-degree Right Connection® weld.

1991

Entrepreneur of the Year

Hatteras Hammocks founder Walter R. Perkins Jr. received this award from North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt in 1992. Even the governor’s office knows you rock, Mr. P.!

1992

Greenville, NC

Detachable wheels introduced for easy mobility of steel hammock stands.

1993

Greenville, NC

Steel-core spring pins added to steel hammock-stand designs, for huge improvement in safety and ease of assembly.

1994

Greenville, NC

Eco-friendly Tree Straps introduced, for traditional hammock hanging without drilling into trees.

1995

Greenville, NC

First hammock side-table introduced, attachable to steel hammock stand.

1997

Greenville, NC

The Original Pawleys Island® Rope Hammock included in Forbes Magazine’s “50 of America's Best.”

2001

Greenville, NC

Synthetic DuraCord® rope revolutionizes rope hammock.

2002

Greenville, NC

Synthetic DuraCord® first used as fabric for hammocks.

2003

Chicago, IL

Winner, International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market Design Excellence Award.

2003

Member Tested Seal of Approval

The National Home Gardening Club gave its biggest pat on the back to our line of quilted hammocks in 2004.

2004

Greenville, NC

Synthetic DuraCord® first used as thread in outdoor rugs.

2004

Greenville, NC

Soft Weave® Hammock design introduced.

2004

Greenville, NC

National Home Gardening Club gives its Member Tested Seal of Approval to Hatteras Hammocks® Quilted Hammocks.

2004

Manufacturer of the Year

Awarded to parent company The Hammock Source in 2005 by the Pitt County Development Commission for the commitment our Greenville, N.C., family company, which began nearly four decades ago as Hatteras Hammocks, has shown to its community and its workforce.

2005

Greenville, NC

Knock Down version of Tri-Beam® Steel Hammock Stand introduced, with six shorter poles instead of three longer ones.

2006

Merchandising Excellence Award

The Hammock Source, our parent company which began as Hatteras Hammocks in 1971, was honored with this Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers’ Association accolade in 2006 and then again in 2007, for our compelling displays and effective product promotion.

2006 & 2007

Media

Specialty Fabrics Review, “Certifiably Green”

View Article June, 2008

Media

Geek Monthly, “The Hatteras Hammock”

View Article July, 2009

Media

Casual Living, “The HammockSource Transforms Backyards Around the World”

View Article September, 2009

Media

GearPatrol.com, “The HammockSource | Hatteras DuraCord: A Vacation Destination That’s Closer Than You Think”

View Article September, 2009

Greenville, NC

Pillowtop Hammock introduced.

2010

Chicago, IL

Winner, International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market Design Excellence Award.

2010

Media

Design New Jersey, "Design a la carte"

View Article June-July, 2011

Greenville, NC

Tuffed Hammock introduced.

2012
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