Quaker Boy, Inc. started as a hobby in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Kirby. A barber and beautician by trade, Richard (Dick) and Beverly had an extreme love of the outdoors. A demand for Dick Kirby's call creations and business opportunity led them to start "Quaker Boy Game Calls". The company is privately held with Mrs. Kirby being the principal owner. Beverly remains as the company's chief operating officer today. The company name comes from Dick and Beverly's hair shop, known while in existence, as Quaker Boy Barber Shop and Quaker Girl Beauty Shop .The name originated from the "Quaker" settlement of Orchard Park on Quaker Rd. in Orchard Park New York.
Building turkey calls is what started Quaker Boy. This is the reason for the original name "Quaker Boy Turkey Calls". The company added many other types of game calls and hunting accessories. The fast growing business incorporated in 1981. Today the company is known as "Quaker Boy, Inc."
The game call industry was in its infancy when the Kirby's started. They were overwhelmed by the "giant" game call manufacturers of the time. Dick realized, in his words that, "the opportunity was there, and we went for it!" The business began with Dick and Beverly working hand in hand with one common goal, to provide today's sportsman with the highest quality, most user-friendly and innovative equipment ever. Quaker Boy began with just a few employees, with each serving many job functions. Eventually, Dick and Beverly outgrew the many additions on their home to accommodate the growing business. The decision was made to build a 13,400 sq. ft. facility on Webster Rd in Orchard Park, NY. Further growth required Quaker Boy, Inc. to start and run a full-time woodworking shop in Bradford, PA which encompasses another 13,000 sq. ft.
Surrounding themselves with men and women of integrity that shared the same passion for the outdoors, Dick and Beverly have applied unparallel innovation and quality to the game call market.
|1974||Dick makes his first aluminum mouth call with a pair of tin snips, aluminum siding, balloon and duct tape.|
|1975||Quaker Boy introduces the first ever Raspy Style Mouth call, the "Old Turk".|
|1979||Quaker Boy introduces the first ever Double Reed Raspy Mouth Call, "The Quaker Boy Special".|
|1982||Quaker Boy introduces the first Pot Style Slate call to the industry, the "Double Slate".|
|1985||Quaker Boy introduces the first ever Notch style call to the industry, the "Cutter".|
|1986||Quaker Boy introduces the first Aluminum surface Pot Style Call, the "Aluminator".|
|1987||Quaker Boy introduces the first full wire frame headnet, the "Bandit". This was followed by the first ever 3/4 length headnet, The "Bandito". Both share patents.|
|1988||Quaker Boy introduces "In Quest of the Grand Slam", the pioneer in turkey hunting videos.|
|1991||Quaker Boy introduces the first ever double sided pot style call, the "Double Face".|
|1991||Quaker Boy introduces the first turn over style bleat call, the "Bleat in Heat".|
|1999||Quaker Boy introduces the first ever adjustable box call to the industry, the "Clover Leaf 10-Sider".|
|2000||Quaker Boy introduces the first ever 3 surface pot style call, the "Triple Threat".|
|2001||Quaker Boy introduces the "Quad Threat".|
|2002||Quaker Boy introduces the first ever Freeze Proof grunt call, the "Ridgerunner".|
|2005||Quaker Boy introduces the first ever Curved-Lid Box call. "The Curve", Boat Paddle.|
|2006||Quaker Boy introduces the first ever, squeeze style bleat call, the "Squeezin' Bleat".|
There have been many innovations and improvements over the years. The Kirby's love of the outdoors and their commitment to manufacturing the highest quality, easy to use, practical hunting products for today's sportsman continues to be the driving force behind Quaker Boy.
Today Beverly Kirby continues to own and operate Quaker Boy, Inc. Quaker Boy currently has 35 employees, many of which have been involved since the very beginning. Quaker Boy continues to carry the very proud label of, "MADE IN THE USA".