The Slaughter Instrument Company, Inc., in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was founded by George Slaughter in 1914 who owned the Slaughter-Hill Funeral Home. He could not find the embalming equipment he wanted, so he started making them. He discovered that he liked making them, and passed the business down to his son Joe Slaughter. Both were very good machinists. The current owner bought the company from Joe in 1968, and after a few training sessions with Joe, they were able to carry on with what the Slaughters started.