Huffy Bicycles was founded in 1892 when George Huffman moved his sewing machine factory to Ohio and decided to build his first bicycle. When George’s son, Horace, took over the firm in 1924, he began selling bicycles under the name “Dayton.” In 1949, the company created a children’s bike called The Huffy Convertible. All bicycles afterward were called Huffy.
The company did well in the 1980’s and grew substantially, however, they had trouble breaking out of the entry-level price market with their bicycles. In the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, athletes rode on Huffy bicycles.
By the 1990’s the company was in serious financial trouble and closed their US-based plants. All bicycles were then made in China.
Today, manufacturing is still done in China, with the design, development, and marketing all performed in Centerville, Ohio.