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Bell-Horn started the orthopedic industry in the United States. Today, Bell-Horn manufactures and distributes orthopedic anatomical supports, compression hosiery, foot-care products and diabetic footwear. William H. Horn founded the company, which in its early years was known as William H. Horn and Brothers. At first, the firm made women’s corsets. But the Horn Company switched to military work when the Civil War broke out in 1861. They made trusses for the army. After the Civil War ended in 1865, the Bell-Horn Co. expanded into making elastic back and knee braces and rib belts. In 1927, DuPont invented an elastic hosiery material and afterwards Bell-Horn began making some of the first compression hosiery.