The Franklyn W. Kirk Company began as a proprietorship in 1962 after the purchase of the share of the assets of Farmer & Kirk Co. held by Ben Farmer. The original name of the latter company was Technical Industrial Sales later shortened to T/I Equipment when Mr. Kirk purchased half interest. In 1959 the name was changed to Farmer & Kirk.
Selection of a new company name was influenced by the educational activities of Mr. Kirk at the time. Beginning in 1956, he had developed and taught a four-semester course in Basic Instrumentation at the Technical Institute of Fenn College (now Cleveland State University) in Cleveland. In 1960 the text "Instrumentation", co-authored by him was published. This text remains in print and has been used by technical schools worldwide. Mr. Kirk continued to teach at Fenn until 1966 and later for the Continuing Education Department of Cleveland State University.
Mr. Kirk retired from daily participation in company activities in 1998 but serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The late Mrs. Anne Kirk, co-founder of the company served as office manager from 1962 to 1965 when she became Vice-President & Treasurer of the newly formed corporation.
Mr. Philip Kirk joined the company as a salesman in 1978. He is now sole Owner and President.
Mrs. Harriet (Kirk) Radvansky began her full-time employment in 1981. She was Co-Owner, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer until November of 2012. She has now retired.
Julia (Radvansky) Jewel introduced 3rd generation participation in the operation of the company in 1999 as Office Manager and has moved on to another career.
Julia's daughters, Samantha and Jacquelyn Jewel, have not yet announced their career plans but presently assist with interoffice mail delivery, bank deposits and occasional lunches with Grandma and Great-Grandpa.