History

AMERICAN INNOVATION FOR OVER 100 YEARS

1910

L. H. Hamilton and Chester Beach

Chester Beach formed Hamilton Beach Manufacturing Company in Racine, Wisconsin USA after inventing the “universal” motor that could operate on both alternating and direct current, making its applications endless.

 

1911

Universal motor use expanded over the next decade to food mixers, grinders, juice extractors, fans, vacuums, sewing machines and hair dryers.

 

1924

First electric iron with an adjustable and reliable thermostat. Later introduced the first 1000 watt iron with a permanently attached power cord, followed by an iron with 60% more efficiency.

 

1930

Put a silent bi-metal heat sensor in a toaster instead of the standard clock control. The sensor adjusted for toast crispness and activated a current shut-off switch upon cycle completion.

 

1940

After selling manual coffeemakers for 30 years, the company started to manufacture electric coffeemakers.

 

1945

Product expansion helped working women save time at home.

 

1966

Contracted the Kennedy Administration's White House chef to be its primary culinary consultant.

 

1978

Patented a blender with microprocessor controls.

 

1985

TV advertising featured famous American athletes Joe Namath and Doug Flutie as well as Academy Award winner Mickey Rooney.

 

1990

Moved its headquarters to Richmond, Virginia and became the largest manufacturer of small appliances in the USA.

 

1993

Toaster factory in Mount Airy, North Carolina declared “the toaster capital of the world” after the billionth slice of bread was toasted at the plant.

 

2003

Launched the revolutionary BrewStation® dispensing coffeemaker, which sold more than 10 million units in ten years.

 

Today

Hamilton Beach continues more than 100 years of small appliance innovation for the home and commercial marketplace. Selling over 25 million home appliances in the USA annually and is expanding globally.