Monthly Archives: May 2014

Why we call it a Hoover

If you have ever wondered why so many of us refer to the vacuum cleaner simply as a “Hoover,” it is because of the man who first made the machine popular. In 1908 W.H. Hoover, father of the eventual U.S. President Herbert Hoover, acquired the Electric Suction Sweeper Company and named himself president. By 1922, the company was reorganized and changed its name to The Hoover Company. He grew the business into a leading in vacuum production, employing 8,200 people and producing 2,000 units per day and many people began referring to vacuums as “Hoovers” for this reason