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kelvinator, home appliances, electronic appliances, kitchen appliances, kelvinator refrigerator, fridge, fridges, stove, oven, microwaves, washing machineIn 1914, Nathaniel B. Wales, a young inventor, began developing refrigerating mechanisms for home installation.

In 1916, Wales, with the financial backing of Arnold H. Goss, then secretary of the Buick Automobile Company, formed the Electro-Automatic Refrigerating Company in Detroit, Michigan, becoming the first company to produce an automatic refrigerator for the household market. Almost immediately, the firm's name was changed to the Kelvinator Company in honour of the British physicist who originated the absolute temperature scale (measured in kelvins).

By 1923, the Kelvinator Company held 80 percent of the market for electric refrigerators.

In 1926, Kelvinator acquired the Leonard Refridgerator Company, a Grand Rapids, Michigan, manufacturer of cleanable ice-box cabinets.

kelvinator, home appliances, electronic appliances, kitchen appliances, kelvinator refrigerator, fridge, fridges, stove, oven, microwaves, washing machineThat same year the company acquired Nizer Corporation, the largest maker of ice-cream cabinets. George W. Mason joined Kelvinator as president in 1928. Although only 37, Mason already had an impressive record with Chrysler and Copeland Products.

In 1937, Kelvinator merged with Nash Motor Company, forming Nash-Kelvinator Corporation. Mason served as the president of the joint operation. As a division of Nash-Kelvinator, Kelvinator continued to grow, expanding into making condensers and compressors for manufacturers of other makes of refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning units.

The company's household product line was supplemented by electrical appliance ranges, water heaters, home freezers, room air conditioners, kitchen cabinets, sinks, kitchen waste disposers, and in 1952 a complete line of home laundry equipment acquired through the purchase of Altorfer Bros. Company (ABC), of Peoria, Illinois.

kelvinator, home appliances, electronic appliances, kitchen appliances, kelvinator refrigerator, stove, oven, microwaves, washing machine, cooker hoodsKelvinator was purchased by White Consolidated Industries in 1968, and subsequently became part of the Electrolux Group in 1986. Kelvinator has been in South Africa since 1945.

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