Stormy Kromer: A Cap that Stayed On
The DIY inventions were sewn in such a way that six panels of the cap fabric met at the top, and they became so popular that 'six-pointer' became synonymous with Midwest railroad workers. The Stormy Kromer cap is currently made in Ironwood, MI.
Black & Decker: First Portable Electric Drill
While sitting at Al Decker's kitchen table, the two men thought about a lighter and easier-to-use industrial drill. (A Colt automatic pistol lay on the table. Colt was a customer.) Legend has it, they both looked at the gun and had a 'eureka' moment. In 1917, they received a patent for the first 1/2-in. portable electric drill, equipped with a trigger and pistol grip, remarkably similar to the Colt.
Factory workers loved the DIY inventions tool and often brought one home to use on their own houses. Black & Decker saw an opportunity and in 1946 introduced the world's first portable drill for consumers. They sold their millionth drill five years later.