Kirby Co.

Best known for the home care system that bears his name, Jim Kirby was an inventor for most of his adult life. His goal in life was to reduce or eliminate drudgery wherever it existed. More than 200 patents and a host of products still used today are a tribute to his career success.

The first model he developed in 1906 employed water for dirt separation. After noticing the inconvenience of emptying dirty water, he began his pursuit for better ideas. In 1907, he developed a vacuum that pushed dirty air into a cloth bag that filtered out the dirt.

Today, Kirby home care systems are sold in more than 55 countries, allowing millions of satisfied Kirby owners to enjoy cleaner homes with less effort.