Trained as a lawyer, C. C. Hobart became fascinated with electricity and founded a company that became America’s largest manufacturer of commercial food processing equipment. He and his sons then started Hobart Brothers and made battery chargers and electric welders. They built all-steel homes during the Depression and thousands of welders and mobile power units for the armed forces during World War II. C. C. Hobart’s grandsons supplied welding systems to build the World Trade Center, nuclear submarines, oil and gas pipelines, and the Space Shuttle’s external fuel tank. The family created a corporate culture that encouraged teamwork and creativity. Company engineers earned over a hundred patents. Their ground power units serviced commercial airliners and their robotic welders revolutionized factories. Join Mike Williams, co-author of The Industrial Hobarts, for a talk on this three generation family of Miami Valley entrepreneurs.
Event Type(s): History & Genealogy
Age Group(s): Adults
Presenter: Mike Williams