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McCormick is an American company that specializes in food and spices. Founded in 1889 by Cyrus Hall McCormick, the company began as a manufacturer of both farm machinery and household products but later shifted its focus to spices and herbs. Today it is headquartered in Sparks, Maryland, and produces nearly 7,000 different seasonings, flavors, and spice blends for consumers around the world. McCormick is one of the most well-known companies in its industry and continues to expand worldwide.
McCormick began when Cyrus Hall McCormick invented the reaper, a device that revolutionized harvesting crops. He shared his invention with his brother, but the two soon became embroiled in controversy over who owned the patent rights. McCormick eventually won after several years of lawsuits, giving him enough money to begin developing other products like farm equipment and household tools. However, he remained involved in agricultural machinery until at least 1864, when he shifted his focus entirely on spices and herbs. This required him to travel extensively through Europe and Asia for research purposes while also promoting his company back home in America through advertisements and endorsements from prominent people such as President Ulysses S. Grant.
After McCormick died in 1884, his children carried on his work and soon incorporated the company as the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company in 1889. They began developing new products like insecticides and prepared mustard but eventually shifted their focus again to spices, which were more profitable at the time. The company's management established brand-new facilities in Massachusetts to handle the production of these goods while also investing heavily in advertising with endorsements from celebrities like Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. Their efforts proved successful, leading to the widespread distribution of their products by the end of World War I.