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. In 1934 Hobart bought the Dayton Scale Company (an IBM division) from IBM. 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.