Happy 138th Birthday, Team BISSELL

All Star is a proud Bissell Rep and stocking distributor and we send congratulations to our friends at Bissell for a major accomplishment!

“It started with spilled sawdust…

Like many well-intentioned people who set out to have a relaxing Saturday, we didn’t mean to start cleaning—it just happened. In 1876, Melville R. Bissell and his wife, Anna, owned a small crockery shop in Michigan. Because they were constantly cleaning sawdust off the carpet of the shop (know the feeling?), Melville invented a unique carpet sweeper and patented it. When customers and friends began asking where they could buy the carpet sweeper, a new business was born.

Anna and Melville Bissell

It’s a BISSELL woman’s world…

That’s the theme at BISSELL. When Melville Bissell died in 1889, there was no question who would run the company. His wife Anna stepped in to lead the business, becoming the first female CEO in America. She aggressively defended the company’s patents and marketed sweepers successfully throughout North America and Europe. In fact, in the late 1890s BISSELL gained its biggest fan in Queen Victoria, insisting that her palace be “Bisselled” every week. Palace attendants must have loved the extra free time they had after royal messes became much easier to clean up.”

So few companies – organizations – have such a story, such a heritage. How many companies still have the same basic product in the line that started the company 138 years ago? (and, yes, sweepers are growing again this year).

As Mark Bissell so often reminds us, our heritage is a foundation, not a guarantee of future success. We have to earn the vote of our consumer every minute of every day. We must always be on the hunt for the new, relevant innovation we can bring to change the game.

Find the newest Bissell Sweepers and other exciting Bissell items in your rewards program catalog today.



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