Ginkgo International, Ltd., and the W.S. Helmick Stainless Collections, were founded in 1977 by Wes and Janet Helmick. Ginkgo's purpose is to bring original designs to the market at the best value. They have worked with designers and stainless flatware contractors from the United States, Europe, and Asia to accomplish these goals. They believe that the patterns they represent are the highest quality and value that over 25 years of endeavor can produce.