The man to whom we owe the original design and creation of Kirby was James B. Kirby. But he is responsible for countless other creations and improvements to household cleaning methods. He earned over 60 patents on washing machines without spinning to modern ironing machines and dry cleaning.

The Scott Fetzer Company, founded in 1914 by George Scott and Carl Fetzer, manufactured every Kirby vacuum cleaner ever made, even the original James B. Kirby. Over the years, Kirby has earned an outstanding reputation for its quality and innovation, a quality so excellent that literally thousands of Kirby devices, more than 30 years old, are still in operation today.-