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Graco

In 1942, Russell Gray and Robert Cone formed Graco Metal Products, in Philadelphia, PA. For 11 years, the firm fabricated machine and car parts for local manufacturers. In 1953, Gray left the firm, leaving Cone as sole owner. Cone decided to manufacture his own line of products. But what?

The answer appeared in the form of David Saint, an engineer, tinkerer, and stained glass artisan who worked for Graco.

Saint, himself a father of 9, was inspired when an associate told him how his wife would soothe their tired and cranky baby while swinging in a backyard glider swing. 18 months of hard work later, the world's first wind-up infant swing, the Graco Swyngomatic, was born.

After that, Graco (pronounced "Gray-Co") pioneered both the Pack n Play playpen and stroller "travel systems" (a car seat that could click into a stoller). All have been huge hits. 

Today, Graco is a huge company, with 1500 associates worldwide and they say, "While a half-century has brought many changes to Graco, the dedication and commitment to designing and manufacturing top-quality products—products that inspire parents and babies alike—remains, and continues on."