Kohler: A Tub Built for Hogs...and Humans
Today the Kohler Company headquarters is in Kohler, WI, and it has more than 50 manufacturing locations, employing more than 30,000 people worldwide. It's one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies.
The original ad copy for Kohler's first enamel tub read: 'Cast-Iron Enameled Water Trough and Hog Scalders. (Five Sizes) When furnished with Legs can be used as a bathing tub.'
Kreg Jigs: Pocket Hole Joinery for Everyone
In 1986, Craig Sommerfeld was in the process of building his own home and wanted a way to attach the face frames to his kitchen cabinet carcasses without nailing through the front of them. Being a tool and die maker by trade and a DIYer at heart, he designed and built his own single-hole pocket hole jig. This first 'Craig's Jig' was made from steel and aluminum, and it worked so well that his friends and coworkers encouraged him to build more.
He changed the name to 'Kreg' out of modesty and started demonstrating the tool at woodworking shows. The professional cabinet shop folks saw the benefit and were the first to buy the tool, but eventually, a whole lot of us weekend warriors wanted a strong and super-easy way to join wood. Today, Kreg Jig is synonymous with pocket hole joinery.
DAP: From Sealing Jars to Sealing Windows
In 1865, Robert Dicks began producing sealing wax in his carriage house in Dayton, OH. Later, he teamed up with George Pontius, in time incorporating under the name Dicks-Pontius Company. Eventually, Robert's son, John Dicks, saw an opportunity in home building and introduced putty and caulk to the company's product lineup.
After WWII, the Dicks-Pontius Company was poised to take advantage of the housing boom. They supplied products to builders and carpenters at first and finally to us DIYers. In 1957, the Dicks-Pontius Company merged with Chicago-based Armstrong Company and the name was changed to Dicks-Armstrong-Pontius, 'DAP' for short.