Briggs Industries is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008. The company began as a carriage/wagon/automobile body manufacturer in 1908. Under the leadership of Walter Owen Briggs Sr., Briggs Manufacturing grew into one of the largest producers of car and truck bodies in the United States. The company changed its focus in the 1940s when it introduced a line of steel plumbing fixtures under the Briggs Beautyware brand.

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