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Keysight Technologies History

The Garage

This one-car garage behind 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, California, doubled as a workshop for co-founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard when they started business together in 1938. First tools were simple: a bench, vise, drill press, screwdriver, file, soldering iron, hacksaw and some purchased components. By 1940, the partners had outgrown the garage and rented part of a small building on Page Mill Road, where they hired their first employees to help with the production of instruments.

In 1987, the garage was officially designated as a California State Historical Landmark and recognized both as Agilent's birthplace and a Silicon Valley milestone.