|Hoersch-Kessel Drive, Inc.|
|First appearance: Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1 - Heir to the Empire|
|Hoersch-Kessel Drive, Inc. (HKD), also known as Hoersch-Kessel Driveworks Inc., was one of the most successful starship design firms in the Galactic Republic, and had the distinction of being wholly owned by Duros investors. when the company fell on hard times, it was sold off to a Nimbanese clan, which dismantled many of the company's less profitable divisions. However, the quest to develop a leaner bottom line destroyed morale, driving many designers to work for other starship firms. The manufacturer remained in business despite a succession of owners over several centuries, although the company was a shadow of its former self. HKD then specialized in constructing supertransports and container vessels, producing fewer than one hundred ships per a standard year.