Weber Grills: Born from a Buoy
Lutron: Chalk One Up for the Little Guy
Joel and his wife incorporated Lutron in 1961. The company now holds more than 2,700 patents worldwide and builds more than 15,000 different products, many in the United States.
Briggs & Stratton: Started with a School Project
Briggs & Stratton did have some success making parts for the fledgling auto industry, and even produced a small car named the Briggs & Stratton Flyer, which sold for less than $150. Eventually the company focused on small gasoline engines that powered lawn mowers, outdoor power equipment and even some early washing machines. Briggs & Stratton is currently the world's largest manufacturer of air-cooled engines, building more than 9 million engines in the United States each year.