Revving Up a Great Manufacturing Legacy

Over the span of four generations, the Kirk-Habicht Company family business has always led a unique manufacturing operation. The 105-year-old Baltimore-based company has had one common theme: Being open to change.

They started out making ship telegraph systems in the early 1900s, which led them into the brass hardware market for ships providing brass door knobs, bar plates, kick plates, spittoons and then brass railings for buildings in downtown Baltimore. When the brass market declined, the company transitioned to become a spring manufacturer for larger manufacturing operations starting with Sweetheart Cup, Westinghouse and Western Electric.

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