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The Hoover Company is perhaps the world’s best known manufacturer of vacuum cleaners. The company’s first vacuum was created by a man named James Murray Spangler. Spangler suffered from asthma problems and decided to invent a device that would allow him to do his job as a janitor without aggravating his condition. Later his cousin brought the invention to the attention of another cousin and her family, the Hoovers.

In 1908, W.H. “Boss” Hoover bought the vacuum cleaner patent from Mr. Spangler, and set out to build the Hoover Company as we know it today. The initial design of the Hoover vacuums was clunky, with a silver handle on a black base and a “headlight” awkwardly mounted on the top. With the purchase of the patent came a number of innovations including the streamlined base and built-in light.

The Hoover vacuum stood out from the competition because of its rotating brush. While other companies had created vacuum cleaners that utilized suction only, the Hoover company built a brush, the beater bar, that they claimed literally beat the dirt of the carpeting. This distinction was highlighted through an ad campaign that said, “It beats, as it sweeps, as it cleans.” Hoover went on to sell hundreds and eventually thousands of vacuums and to become a household name.

Hoover didn’t just stop at the beater bar though. Some other Hoover firsts include the self-propelled feature, the disposable bag, and the side-mounted hose. Hoover has become a worldwide company and is now owned by TTI Floor Care North America, located in Glenwillow, Ohio. The company now produces a full-line of floor care devices including deep cleaners and hard floor cleaners. In Europe, the Hoover name appears on products besides vacuum cleaners including washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators.

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