TROY — The ITW/Hobart Brothers Company celebrated its 100th anniversary with a “family picnic” with more than 500 current and retired employees gathered on the front lawn at its headquarters in Troy on Thursday.
The Hobart Brothers Company, named after the three sons, was incorporated by founder C.C. Hobart, his wife and three sons on March 24, 1917.
William C. Hobart and his wife, Julia, were in attendance at the celebration along with dozens of family, friends and corporate partners, customers and business colleagues.
Also in attendance were ITW’s Chairman and CEO Scott Santi and Vice-President John Hartnett.
David Knoll, vice president and general manager of Hobart Brothers, said, “One hundred years is an incredible milestone and it’s a testament for any business to reach that mark. At Hobart, we are very proud of the history of the company and everything that means that brought us here to today.”
Hartnett said, “Hobart has not only survived 100 years, but they’ve thrived for more than 100 years. It’s a remarkable history and I can’t help but think of all the folks that have contributed to all the success and those who have been positively affected by the company.”
Hartnett said the company is grateful for the time and commitment of its employees as well as thankful for the local community and the thousands of people who have benefited from its economic impact over the century.
During its 100 years of business, Hobart Brothers Company has manufactured battery chargers, introduced its first arc welder in 1925, built all-steel homes and founded the Hobart Trade School, now the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology. The company also opened Hobart Ground Power in the 1940s, focusing on the design and development of generators for starting large aircraft.
The company is best known for formulating and manufacturing filler metals for the welding industry under the Hobart brand, as well as manufacturing welding power sources for the retail marketplace. Hobart Brothers Company was family-owned and operated until 1996, when it was acquired by Illinois Tool Works (ITW).
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