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About World Book Encyclopedia Inc Del

Scott Fetzer can help you cut through a soda can, clean up the mess, and then read about the vacuum that exists in outer space. The diversified manufacturer of consumer, commercial, and industrial products is a holding company for a group of more than 20 businesses. Among its best known activities are Douglas/Quikut (maker of Ginsu knives), Kirby (vacuum cleaners), and World Book (encyclopedias and reference materials). Other holdings include Campbell Hausfeld (air compressors), Northland (electric motors), Stahl (commercial truck and crane equipment), Scot Laboratories (cleaning products), and Western Enterprises (gas fittings). Scott Fetzer is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.


The Scott Fetzer companies are a diversified group of 20 businesses that manufacture, distribute, service, and finance a wide variety of products for residential, industrial and institutional use. Companies operating under the Scott Fetzer umbrella include Adalet (electrical cable, control panels, enclosures, and related accessories), Altaquip (small engines repairs), Arbortech (forestry truck manufacturing), France, (neon electrical power saving systems for the sign industry), and Wayne Water systems (lawn, pool, and sewage pumps and pump systems).

Sub-units include Albecca (which designs, makes and distributes a high quality, branded custom framing products, including wood and metal moulding, matboard, foamboard, glass, equipment and other framing supplies in the US, Canada and 15 countries outside of North America) and The Richline Group (which provides financial, operations, and marketing support to its four independent strategic business units: Richline Brands, LeachGarner, Rio Grande, and Inverness).

Geographic Reach

The company supplies its products to customers in the US, Canada, and 15 other countries.

Financial Performance

Scott Fetzer operates as part of the "other manufacturing" segment of Berkshire Hathaway. This segment generated 17% of Berkshire's total revenues in 2015.


Despite its already wide and diversified reach, Scott Fetzer still looks to grow through the use of acquisitions that complement its existing businesses and through organic growth.

Company Background

The company was founded in 1914.

World Book Encyclopedia Inc Del

180 N La Salle St Ste 900
Chicago, IL 60601-2500
Phone: 1 (312) 729-5800

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Employees (This Location): 150
Employees (All Locations): 159

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL