Hobart was founded in 1897 as the Hobart Electric Manufacturing Company in Troy, Ohio, by Clarence Charles Hobart (1855-1932). 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. Dart & Kraft acquired Hobart in 1981. Kitchen Aid was sold to Whirlpool Corp. in 1986 after accepting "an offer they had to seriously consider". Dart & Kraft split in 1986, with Hobart becoming part of Premark. Premark was acquired by Illinois Tool Works in 1999. In 2001, Hobart became a part of Illinois Tool Works Food Equipment Group.