|LEARN MORE AT
The first Royal vacuum cleaners were made by the P.A. Geier Company in 1905.
This makes us one of the world´s oldest vacuum cleaner manufacturing companies.
Mr. Geier started producing his metal cleaners by hand in a backyard garage in
Cleveland, Ohio. Soon the company grew and moved to a four-story building on
105th Street where it operated two divisions, a cleaner division and a
machining division. Besides vacuum cleaners, the company produced mixers, hair
dryers and washing machine units.
Vacuum cleaners, though, remained the key product, as the company introduced the
industry´s first hand-held vac, the "Royal Prince," in 1937. Royal joined most
manufacturing companies across the country and switched over to military
production during World War II.
Vacuum cleaner shipments remained strong up to 1953 when the P.A. Geier Company
was bought by an investment group, the Walter E. Schott Organization. The
Schotts renamed the company Royal Appliance Manufacturing. However, the new
owners were not wholly committed to the company and decided to dissolve it soon
after its acquisition. Royal was then purchased by a group of employees, headed
by Stan Erbor, in 1954. The company thrived under Erbor´s leadership, moving to
Highland Heights, Ohio in 1969 where it expanded and refined all phases of
operations. Erbor was active in the company until his death in 1981 at age 80.
In 1981, a small group of investors saw an opportunity to purchase the company
and to bring a fresh sales and marketing strategy. With this new leadership,
our sales grew from just under $5 million in 1981 to approximately $408 million
Royal´s mission is to be a premier consumer products company. We strive to
recognize the needs of our customers and supply them with quality products that
solve their cleaning problems. These philosophies have enabled Royal to build
brand loyalty derived from strong consumer satisfaction.
RECENT PRESS RELEASES
Are available at