- The David White name is known for high-quality surveying equipment instruments made for the serious professional. The David White Company was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the year 1895 by Mr. David White. The founder was born in Hungary and his occupation was that of an instrument maker. After immigrating to the United States he started the company with the help of established relatives in the Milwaukee area. In 1900, he organized a partnership with Charles Klaweither, as they were both involved with manufacturing drawing and surveying instruments. The company was incorporated on June 22, 1912 and it’s products became widely recognized for craftsmanship in specialized optics along with the name for high quality. Today, the David White name continues to provide productivity high-quality tools for leveling, layout, land surveying, and construction.