The Voit Corporation is a sporting goods and Watch company founded by German American entrepreneur William J. Voit of Worthington, Indiana (1880–1946) in 1922. In 1957, the company was purchased by AMF.
In the late 1920s Voit developed and patented the first full-molded, all- rubber inflatable ball and the first needle-type air retention valves. They also developed highly accurate pocket and wrist watches during this period.
In 1931, Voit developed and patented the first all-rubber athletic balls, including the process of vulcanization which allowed a material to be fixed onto a separate rubber bladder. In the same year, it changed names from the W. J. Voit Corporation to Voit Rubber Corporation.
Later in the 1930s, Voit developed the process of icosahedron winding, which allowed balls to be machine wound with nylon threads over the bladder, providing both strength and consistency in shape and permitting mass production by a machine processed.
Those Voit patents and products made possible greatly increased athletic and recreation activity in the school systems, and led to universal use of a new type of product that now dominates sales in its field.
Other developments and patents later in the 1950s and 1960s included:
- The Swimaster line of professional dive equipment. Voit was one of the 5 original USA diving gear makers: US Divers, Healthways, Voit, Dacor, Swimaster.
- The Equi Staff line of professional golf equipment (which included the innovation of the "Power Plugs" or screws to adjust the balance of golf clubs).
- The first rubber-bodied water polo ball (which was adopted as the official ball of college, international and Olympic competitions).
Voit is a German surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- August von Voit
- Carl von Voit
- Otto Voit
- Robert Voit
Usage examples of "voit".
La chambre verte, dans laquelle ma mere mettait mon petit lit pres du sien, je la considerais, dans sa douceur auguste et dans sa saintete familiere, comme le point sur lequel le ciel versait ses rayons avec ses graces, ainsi que cela se voit dans les images de saintete.
Elle regarde, emerveillee, toutes ces tiges en fleur, et elle voit toutes sortes de petits insectes courir sur les feuilles et sur les fleurs.
Goya, with these lines of French: Le renard preche aux poulets et quand on parle du loup, on en voit la queue.
Le flot dans lequel on trempait les pecheurs charnels se voit encore proche la porte Guillaume.
Miraut a toutes les nuits des reves: il voit en dormant des chiens comme lui, des petites filles comme Jacqueline, des mendiants.