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A Brief History of Bissell:
Melville Bissell developed an early carpet sweeping machine to aid in cleaning the crockery shop he and his wife Anna owned and operated. The device was patented as the Bissell Carpet Sweeper in 1876.
In 1883 Bissell built the company’s first manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids. By the 1890s the company had an international presence and was producing 1000 sweepers per day.
Melville Bissell died in 1889, and his wife Anna took over as leader of the company. She served as the companies president from 1889 – 1919 and was chair of the board from 1919 – 1934.
Over the years the company has expanded from manufacturing only mechanical sweepers to producing quality vacuum cleaners and carpet shampooers.
Due to all the expansions and the history of this company, Bissell has manufactured numerous models without “rhyme or reason” behind the numbers and has therefore gained less of the marketing share so deserved…