The House family has been selling handles for over 70 years. They own and operate one of Cassville, Missouri's oldest industries, House Handle Company.
Kenny House, president of the company said his father, William House, got into the handle business as a handle peddler in 1929 at the age of 20. Kenny's father bought handles from three area handle manufacturers. He would load the handles on his truck and take off down the road, peddling handles just like a farmer would peddle fruits and vegetables. He sold handles until he retired in 1976.
In 1964, Kenny partnered with his father, expanded the family tradition and began making his own handles to sell. House Handle Co. began with two old lathes Kenny purchased from a farmer who lived south of Eagle Rock.
"The lathes were sitting out in a field rusted up. There was not a part on them that moved. We dug them out and before the farmer would sell me the lathes, he made me take them apart and get everything functioning again."
After three days, Kenny had the machines working, and he had learned how to use them to make handles. In the 40 years since the Houses began manufacturing handles, the company has grown significantly. House Handle company has turned out millions of handles.
Now in it’s third generation, House Handle Co. is owned and operated by Ken House and his son, Chris House.
To keep up with the company's growth, House Handle Company is situated on a 35 acre site on Highway 86 between Cassville and Exeter, Missouri.