The CHERRY Corporation was founded by Walter Lorraine Kirsch (CHERRY) in 1953. The first microswitches were produced in the basement of a restaurant in Highland Park, Illinois. The roots of the CHERRY family are in Germany, hence the company namesake, Kirsch = CHERRY. In 1973, CHERRY began manufacturing computer keyboards, a milestone in the company’s history, leading the way forward. Today, CHERRY is the oldest manufacturer of computer keyboards, a pioneer in the computer hardware industry.
In 1983, CHERRY commemorated the development and production of the MX Switch. Billions of MX switches equip millions of keyboards around the globe which rely on this technology. In 2008, Peter CHERRY, the son of Walter L. CHERRY, sold his company. After an eight-year partnership with the German automotive group ZF Friedrichshafen AG, the iconic CHERRY brand has been in the loyal hands of GENUI Partners since 2016.