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Before they founded the Upton Machine Company on November 11, 1911, Louis Upton (Lou) worked as an insurance salesman and his uncle, Emory Upton, owned a machine shop. Following a failed business venture, Lou acquired a patent to a manual clothes washer. He approached Emory to determine if he could add an electric motor to the design. With the aid of a $5,000 investment from retailing executive Lowell Bassford, they began producing electric motor-driven wringer washers. These are the origins of what was later to become the Whirlpool Corporation.
In 1916, they landed Sears, Roebuck & Co. as a customer. Sears began selling two types of Upton wringer washers under the “Allen” brand, one for $54.75 and a deluxe model for $95. Sales grew quickly and in 1921, Sears appointed Upton as their sole supplier of washers. To avoid becoming over-reliant on Sears, Upton began marketing a washer under their own brand name.
In 1947 it introduced an automatic, spinner-type washer sold by Sears under the “Kenmore” brand. A year later it was sold by the company under the “Whirlpool” brand name. In 1950, the corporation was renamed as the Whirlpool Corporation.
Whirlpool Corporation developed freeze-dried ice cream in 1968 under contract to NASA for the Apollo missions. However, it was never used on any Apollo mission. Despite the common use of images of space walking astronauts in shuttle era space suits on packaging, freeze dried ice cream was not included on any Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, or International Space Station missions. According to one NASA food scientist, although freeze-dried ice cream was developed on request, “it wasn’t that popular.”
In October 2017, Whirlpool and retailer Sears Holding Corp. reportedly ended their 101-year old association that allowed Whirlpool branded appliances to be sold at Sears stores, and later at Kmart. The companies reportedly were unable to come to an agreement on pricing issues. Whirlpool will continue to supply Kenmore appliances manufactured for Sears.