In 1907, Murray Spangler (an inventor who worked nights as a janitor) was cleaning rugs in a department store in Canton, Ohio, using a broom to sweep away dust. However, the dust cloud he created aggravated his asthma and he set about finding a better way to clean the rugs. He took a tin soap box, a fan, a pillow case and a broom handle and created his "suction sweeper," an odd looking device that pulled the dust away from the air he breathed while cleaning the rugs.

Realizing the potential in his new invention, Spangler began seeking financial backers. His cousin, Susan, agreed to try the contraption in her home and she loved it so much, she told her husband, W.H. Hoover about it. Hoover bought the patent from Spangler in 1908 and the two became partners, quickly hiring a staff of six to assemble six more suction sweepers. Hoover placed an ad in the Saturday Evening Post offering ten free days of use of a suction sweeper to anyone who wanted to try it, thus developing a successful sales strategy. The company grew from there and in 1909 a development program was established, committed to researching new innovations for this suction sweeper.

In 1926, they created the cleaner beater bar or Hoover brush roll, and the innovations have been coming ever since. In 1940, the company went public and was bought by Chicago Pacific in 1985, which was bought by Maytag in 1989. Though Hoover focuses its marketing efforts mainly in North America, it is known the world over. In fact, in the UK, a vacuum is called "Hoover." Today, Hoover is probably best known for its Wind Tunnel line of vacuums, which includes uprights, bagless and steam extractors. There are many models to choose from in the Hoover family of products at many price points. All include a variety of different features from the most basic to the most high end of products.

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