is an American
brand that has produced electric home appliances
since 1910. Their products have included the Mixmaster mixer
, the Sunbeam CG waffle iron
, Coffeemaster (1938–1964) and the fully automatic T20 toaster
In 1897 John K. Stewart
and Thomas Clark incorporate their Chicago Flexible Shaft Company
, which made horse trimming and sheep shearing machinery. In 1910 the company produced its first Sunbeam
branded household appliance, the Princess Electric Iron. The company did not officially change its name to Sunbeam
In 1928, the company's head designer, Swedish immigrant Ivar Jepson
, invented the Mixmaster
mixer. Introduced in 1931, it was the first mechanical mixer with two detachable beaters whose blades interlocked.
Sunbeam bought out the Rain King Sprinkler Company and produced one of the most popular sprinkler lines of the 1950s and 1960s. Meanwhile, Sunbeam continued to expand outside of Chicago
. By the end of the 1970s, as the leading American manufacturer of small appliances, Sunbeam enjoyed about $1.3 billion in annual sales and employed nearly 30,000 people worldwide. In 1981, after Sunbeam was bought by Allegheny International Inc. of Pittsburgh
, its Chicago-area factories were closed and the headquarters moved from the Chicago region.
Sunbeam went into decline through the 1990s and... Read More