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Albert Leitz (1854 - 1916) had undergone an apprenticeship until 1871 to learn the "art to make drills" and forging. These days as a journeyman led Albert Leitz to workshops in Stuttgart, Vienna, Reichenberg and Ingolstadt - an experience of five years that gave him the courage to found his own workshop as a young master craftsman, on November 4th 1876 in Oberkochen. Four years later Albert Leitz married the daughter of his former master during the apprenticeship, and local competitor, Heinrike Bäuerle. In 1884 he sold his first small workshop and moved to the land which was the property of his father and there in Ölweiher started the "Wurttembergische Holzbohrerfabrik A. Leitz, Oberkochen".

The diligent craftsman was successful from the beginning and the portable drills of various designs, knives and axes which he had produced found customers in Zurich and Winterthur in the second year of functioning itself. In 1881, in his first participation at the exhibition in the Wurttembergische Landes-Gewerbeausstellung in Stuttgart, he was the recipient of an official commendation.

As around this time electrically driven machines gained acceptance, Albert Leitz also included "machine boring bits of all kinds" in his programme. The royal Bavarian states medal for outstanding wood drills of all kinds, which he brought home from the 2nd Exhibition for Powered Machines ("Kraft-Arbeitsmaschinen-Ausstellung") in 1898 in Munich, underlined the cleverness of such a quick adaptation to the new demands. A contribution medal rewarded by the Chamber of Commerce Oppeln in 1903 also emphasised the "outstanding performance" of the workshops at the Ölweiher.

The Leitz company now employed 20 people and the sons of the founder started to participate in the business : Albert (born 1880) and Fritz (born 1882) as forgers and Emil (born 1888) as businessman. The price list of 1904 gives a picture about the surprisingly versatile production that offered 50 different types of portable and machine drills. It also gave on an Annexure the most recent success of the company : the protection by patent of the slot mortising bit Leitz DRGM 30 7609, the first Leitz product with protection by patent.. The price list projected its tooling range as "up-to-date machinery equipment" and emphasised, in bold type print, the Swabian craftsman tradition - the "personally trained and experienced workforce" that stood for high-class production standards.