Tappan (brand)

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Tappan appliances was founded by W.J. Tappan as the Ohio Valley Foundry Company in Bellaire, Ohio in 1881 selling cast-iron stoves door-to-door. The company relocated to Mansfield, Ohio in 1889 and was renamed the Eclipse Stove Company before being renamed the Tappan Stove Company. In 1950, Tappan acquired the Los Angeles-based O'Keefe & Merritt Stove Company and used the O'Keefe & Merritt name primarily in the West Coast of America from 1950 to the late 1980s.

Tappan claims several innovations, including:

  • 1920s all-porcelain range available in various colors
  • 1955 the first microwave oven model for home use.
  • 1960s electric ignition for gas ranges
  • 1965 single unit conventional range and microwave oven.

Tappan, then a part of Frigidaire, became a subsidiary of Electrolux in 1979. The North American division of Electrolux was reorganized in 1997 as Electrolux Home Products of North America, consolidating American Yard Products, Frigidaire, and Poulan/Weedeater.

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