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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 in the western United States from then until the late 1980s.
Tappan claimed 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 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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