Founded at the height of the legendary Colorado goldrush of 1880, Denver Instrument is one of the world's oldest manufacturers of analytical balances. In the late 1880's, the only analytical balances available in America were manufactured and serviced in Europe.English immigrant, William Ainsworth, recognized the opportunity for a U.S. manufacturer and entered the market with innovative analytical balance designs. Around 1895, Ainsworth introduced the company's first short-beam analytical which significantly reduced weighing time and improved reliability. The short-beam design was also one of the first commercial uses for aluminum.Today, the Ainsworth tradition of quality and innovation continues at Denver Instrument Company. The company's vertical orientation to manufacturing ensures total quality control of its finished products as all aspects of design and manufacture are performed in the company's modern production facilities in Arvada, Colorado.