Acquired in 1986 by the Whirlpool Corporation, the largest appliance maker in the world, KitchenAid manufactures and markets a full line of home appliances, including refrigerators, ice makers, microwave and conventional ovens, cooktops, dishwashers, in-sink garbage disposal units, and automatic clothes washers and dryers.
The name KitchenAid® was first introduced as a brand name for an electric stand mixer developed by the Hobart Manufacturing Company is 1919. The mixer is still manufactured today with the KitchenAid® name.
|1919||Hobart Manufacturing Company developed the KitchenAid® name for an electric stand mixer.|
|1924||Hobart's Troy Metals subsidiary was renamed the KitchenAid Manufacturing Company with headquarters set up in Dayton, Ohio.|
|1937||The Model K mixer was introduced and captivated consumers.|
|1949||Hobart introduced a new home dishwasher, the KD-10, bearing the KitchenAid® name. The KitchenAid® home dishwasher soon established a reputation of reliability.|
|1966||The company marketed a garbage disposal.|
|1971||The KitchenAid® trash compactor was introduced.|
|1980's||KitchenAid® acquired a major manufacturer of built-in cooking equipment, the Chambers Corporation of Oxford, MS, and then expanded its product line to include ovens and cooktops.|
|1986||KitchenAid® was acquired by the Whirlpool Corporation. The Whirlpool family of brands then included KitchenAid® (its premium brand), Whirlpool, Roper, and Estate.|
|1986||August of that year, KitchenAid®'s Ohio staff was relocated to St. Joseph, Michigan, to be nearer Whirlpool's Benton Harbor headquarters.|
|2005||Kitchen Aid boasts that based on a survey, KitchenAid® was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals when asked about refrigerators, ovens, cooktops, ranges, dishwasher, microwave ovens, electric mixers, blenders, food processors and toasters.|