The Kirby Company manufactures vacuum cleaners.
In 1906 Jim Kirby developed his first vacuum cleaner, the Domestic Cyclone.
In 1914 George H. Scott starts the George H. Scott Machine Shop. The next year he was joined by Carl Fetzer, changing the name of the company to The Scott & Fetzer Machine Company.
Jim Kirby began designing vacuum cleaners for the company after World War I, designing the Wireless Vac-u-ette, which is the predecessor of the modern multi-attachment vacuum cleaner model.
In 1920 the company began its direct-sales model, selling the Vac-u-ette door to door by independent sales people.
The company continued to introduce new models, each more popular and profitable than the last.
Berkshire Hathaway bought Kirby parent Scott Fetzer in 1986 for $315 million.
Today The Kirby Company still sells vacuum cleaners exclusively door-to-door and cost about $1,800. The machines come with a lifetime warranty.
Kirby vacuum cleaners are sold in the United States and 70 countries worldwide.