In a time where the economy is slowly on the rebound, and large production assembly jobs are shipped overseas, the vacuum industry is bringing it home! American Companies like Oreck, Hoover and lesser-known Riccar all have manufacturing plants in America. Additionally, Swedish-owned company, Eureka and Sear’s Kenmore (owned by Japanese company, Panasonic) all manufacture in the states. The beauty of buying American-made products is that you are making an investment in yourself and the economy by keeping profits and jobs at home.
Riccar is based in California and has its main manufacturing facility is in Missouri, but it wasn’t always that way. In 2003, the company made the commonly unpopular decision to move manufacturing from Taiwan to the states. The organization prides itself on selling world-class vacuums with an emphasis on quality over quantity. Riccar vacuums are only sold through Authorized Retailers, each of which the company has vetted and found that they hold up to the standards of excellent service and ethics. The company does use some parts imported from China, but every box comes with a large “Made in USA with globally-sourced components,” and each vacuum is assembled here.
In 1908, the first upright vacuum was invented in Canton, OH by a cousin of the Hoover family. Hoover, which is owned by Maytag, was started in Ohio and continues to thrive there today. In 2007, they ran with the marketing campaign, “America loves its Hoovers.” Three of their five plants are still in Ohio, one is located in El Paso, TX, and admittedly, they do have a plant in Mexico, so be sure to check your labels to make sure you’re Hoover is made in the USA!
Although we have left the era of door-to-door vacuum salesmen, there is still a thriving business for vacuum service and repair here in the United States. Many companies will offer a 5-7 year warranty on their products, but after that, consumers are on their own. No one wants to buy a new vacuum every seven years, so you do not have to look far to find a vacuum service shop.
All Ray’s Vacuums, a family-oriented company located in Denver, CO, is a multi-service vacuum repair and sewing machine repair shop where “Service Still Counts!” With over 40 years of experience, All Rays Vacuums is dedicated to providing the highest level of vacuum sales and repairs. They can handle servicing any vacuum cleaner and their customers know to expect prompt and excellent service. Also, true to Colorado’s earth-friendly nature, they even offer a recycling program where you can trade in your old vacuum for a new one!
Vacuum-oriented websites suggest getting your product serviced or repaired before buying a new one. Many shops will fix your vacuum, even if it isn’t american made, which saves you a significant chunk of change that you would spend on a new one, and also keeps local small businesses working. Additionally, at vacuum stores you can often by used or refurbished vacuums, including premium products like Dyson! So even if the Dyson isn’t America-made, you can still get your hands on one and feel good about re-investing money locally.