Hamilton Beach is the country's number one distributor of small kitchen appliances, selling over 35 million appliances every year. The company's most famous brands (Hamilton Beach, Proctor Silex, and TrueAir) are found in households across America, Canada, and Mexico.
Chester Beach improved the first lightweight, high speed universal motor, meaning it could run on AC or DC power. The new motor revolutionized the appliance industry.
The first Hamilton Beach product, an electric hand-held massager, was produced in 1910. The same year, Hamilton Beach Manufacturing Company was founded for the sole purpose of developing more universal motor-driven appliances.
In 1990, NACCO Industries, Inc. merged Hamilton Beach and Proctor-Silex together to create the largest U.S. manufacturer of small kitchen appliances.