Company History

With products in kitchens and laundry rooms across the nation, Proctor Silex designs, markets, and distributes affordable small electric household appliances. The portfolio includes blenders, slow cookers, kettles, coffeemakers, food processors, irons, mixers, toasters, ice cream makers, deep fryers, can openers, hot pots, roaster ovens, and more. With roots tracing back to the Philadelphia Textile Machinery Company founded in 1885, Proctor & Schwartz Electric Company was formed in 1920. The company had many firsts: the first silent toaster, first electric glass coffeemaker, first cord-attached iron, first toaster oven/broiler, first pop-up toaster/toaster oven, first adjustable automatic iron, first snap-apart line of serviceable kitchen appliances, and first see-through steam iron water tank. In 1960, Proctor & Schwartz Electric Company merged with a manufacturer of irons and coffeemakers, the Silex Company, to offer consumers an even wider array of appliances. The new company was known as the Proctor-Silex Corporation.

In 1990, NACCO Industries, Inc. had the foresight to bring together two powerhouse appliance manufacturers – Hamilton Beach and Proctor-Silex to create the largest U.S. manufacturer of small kitchen appliances. Today, Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. continues to grow with a progressive new image and continued dedication to serving consumers. Based in Richmond, Virginia, it employs approximately 550 people globally and sells over 33 million appliances every year.