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The Hobart Corporation is a manufacturer of commercial equipment used in the foodservice and grocery industry. The company manufactures food preparation machines for cutting, slicing and mixing, cooking equipment, refrigeration units, warewashing and waste disposal systems, and weighing, wrapping, and labeling systems and products. Hobart is an international company with manufacturing plants in the US, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK.
Hobart was founded in 1897 as the Hobart Electric Manufacturing Company in Troy, Ohio, by C. C. Hobart. To increase motor sales, the company attached motors to coffee mills and meat grinders, creating a powered food production machine.
The company reorganized in 1913 as The Hobart Manufacturing Company and became Hobart Corporation in 1974. The former Kitchen Aid division was formed in 1919 and was sold to Whirlpool Corp. in 1986 after accepting "an offer they had to seriously consider". In 2001, Hobart became a part of Illinois Tool Works Food Equipment Group.