BEAM by Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, began operation as BEAM Manufacturing Co., producing washing machines, dishwashers, and "Doodlebug" scooters that became famous during World War II when gasoline rationing came into effect.
In 1957, BEAM Manufacturing Company was sold, and Beam Industries emerged with R.L. Sampson at the helm. The company focused solely on central vacuum systems. John Coghlan who retired in March of 2006, after 18 years as president, led BEAM Industries to become the undisputed technology and market leader in the central vacuum industry.
Russell S. Minick, the third president of BEAM Industries, joined the company in June 2006 with a pledge to work toward making central vacuum systems a staple in new American homes and to grow BEAM market leadership in Canada and internationally.
"Our products are important contributors to green building. Consumers want a healthier living environment, and we can help builders provide it," Minick said.
On January 1, 2007 BEAM Industries became BEAM by Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems featuring the central vacuum brands of BEAM, Eureka and Electrolux.
BEAM Central Vacuum Systems are attractive, affordable built-in appliances that appeal to homeowners as well as the commercial sector. A system consists of a combination power unit/dirt collection receptacle, power brush, hose and cleaning accessories for whole-home cleaning.
Pre-packaged kits, a detailed installation manual and video make a BEAM Central Vacuum System easy for do-it-yourselfers to install. In addition to new homes, 95% of today's existing homes can be retrofitted with a central vacuum system.
BEAM's success is the result of the work ethic and dedication of its employees. Through their hard work, diligence and determination, BEAM by Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems has become the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of central vacuum systems. Approximately one-third of all central vacuum systems are produced by BEAM by Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems. The company also is the global market leader in all vacuums. Beam, Electrolux and Eureka Central Vacuum Systems and accessories are sold in more than 50 countries.