Hoersch-Kessel Drive, Inc., also known as Hoersch-Kessel Driveworks Inc., was a successful and well-known starship manufacturer.
The manufacturer was an influential business during the days of the Galactic Republic at least as early as 4000 BBY. It was later a subsidiary of the Trade Federation and produced numerous vehicles for the Trade Federation, including the Lucrehulk-class battleship. After the Trade Federation's defeat at the Battle of Naboo, the company was first sold to Duros investors, and, during the Clone Wars, to a Nimbanese clan.
Hoersch-Kessel Drive helped produce starships for the Confederacy of Independent Systems along with the Free Dac Volunteers Engineering Corps, which included the Recusant-class light destroyer and the Munificent-class star frigate.and even the R60 T-wing interceptor.
In an attempt to make HKD more profitable, its Nimbanese owners closed down the corporation, shutting down hundreds of factories and entire design divisions. This drove many designers and engineers away from the corporation, further weakening the company. Ownership of HKD changed many times between the Clone Wars and the end of the Galactic Civil War.
By the time of the Yuuzhan Vong War, Hoersch Kessel Drive had returned to its roots, producing transports and container ships, though it was still unprofitable and produced fewer than a hundred starships a year.
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