The success of any industrial organization closely parallels its ability to meet the needs of the consumer on a consistent and continuing basis. National Presto Industries, Inc., is an outstanding example of this. Through its consistent efforts to develop the kind of products the consumer wants, the company today holds a position of leadership in the housewares and portable electric appliance field.
National Presto is recognized as a leader in the electric housewares industry due to its long history of innovation which has created major new categories of products. Expansion into these new product fields was the result of a long range planning and development program. It is the company's intention to continually provide innovative new products which meet the needs of today's changing lifestyles, as well as a wide selection of basic appliances which reflect the image of quality long associated with the Presto® name.
The company was founded in 1905 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It manufactured industrial-size pressure canners, known as "canner retorts," for commercial canneries. At that time National Presto, then called Northwestern Steel and Iron Works, was a major producer of fifty gallon capacity pressure canners. Subsequently, the company also began production of thirty-gallon canners for hotel use and soon thereafter developed ten-gallon models suitable for home canning. In 1915 the company installed an aluminum foundry for the specific purpose of manufacturing large-size pressure canners for home use.
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