Tappan (brand)

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Tappan gas range (1948 advertisement)
Tappan gas range (1948 advertisement)
Product typeAppliances

Tappan is a brand of appliances, named after company founder W. J. Tappan.[1]

Tappan claimed several innovations:[citation needed]

  • 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


In 1881, Tappan appliances was founded by W.J. Tappan as the Ohio Valley Foundry Company in Bellaire, Ohio, initially selling cast-iron stoves door-to-door.[citation needed]

In 1889, the company relocated to Mansfield, Ohio, and was renamed the Eclipse Stove Company, before then being renamed[when?] the Tappan Stove Company.[citation needed]

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.[2][3]

In 1978, Carl Icahn in his first takeover attempt took a controlling stake in Tappan and forced the sale of the company to Electrolux

In 1979, European-based AB Electrolux (which had purchased Eureka five years prior) purchased the Tappan Stove Company. Seven years later, AB Electrolux purchased White Consolidated Industries, which manufactured Frigidaire, White-Westinghouse, Gibson Appliance, and Kelvinator products, and combined its Tappan holdings with these new products to create the WCI Major Appliances Group. In 1991, the WCI Major Appliances Group simply became known as the Frigidaire Company, based in Dublin Ohio.

In 1997, the North American division of Electrolux was reorganized as Electrolux Home Products of North America, consolidating American Yard Products, Frigidaire, and Poulan/Weedeater.[citation needed]


  1. ^ report, News Journal staff. "Tappan site demolition continues". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  2. ^ "What's new with manufacturers". Gas Appliance Merchandising Vol. 23. January 1951. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) p. 22.
  3. ^ "California". Industry Week Volume 128, Part 1. 1951. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) p. 127.

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