Klein Tools: Began with Half a Pair of Pliers
The Klein Company profited from being one of the few forges to survive the Great Chicago Fire. The company also grew along with the electrical and telecommunication industries, adding more than 100 varieties of pliers. But the original lineman's pliers was so popular that generations of electricians called their pliers simply 'Kleins.' Klein Tools Inc. is going strong, still owned and managed by members of the Klein family.
Bobcat Skid Steer Loaders: Born in a Turkey Barn
In 1960, the more familiar four-wheeled M400 was introduced, and skid loaders quickly went from poultry barns to practically everywhere. They're called skid steers because the wheels don't turn to steer. Instead, the wheels on each side rotate at different speeds, which causes a skid.
Graco: A Chilly Inspiration
The company produced its first paint pump in 1948 and developed the airless sprayer in 1957. This tool revolutionized exterior painting and made Graco a name familiar to every pro painter and many a DIYer. Today Graco makes equipment for a wide range of industries. Its products pump fluids into cars, apply foam insulation to walls and dispense composite resins into molds?they even pump tomato sauce onto pizzas.