Collection: Andis

Andis Company, a family held business founded in 1922, is a leading manufacturer of handheld tools to trim, cut, curl, straighten and dry hair. The company's products are purchased in more than 90 countries by barbers and salon professionals, consumers, hotels, motels, resorts, small animal groomers and large animal groomers and shearers.

The Beginnings

Andis Company traces its roots back to the early 1920s when Mathew Andis, who was working at Mitchell Motor Car Company in Racine, Wisconsin, USA as a tool maker, decided to leave and start his own business. John Oster and Henry Meltzer came to his home and asked to be partners, and Andis O M Manufacturing was born. Their venture grew quickly and soon their tool and die company had been contracted to make tooling to produce clipper blades for a hand operated non-motorized hair clipper. This partnership, however, only lasted about a year. When the three split, each started his own company in Racine. Andis quickly developed the Andis electric clipper and began Andis Clipper Company, that official incorporated in 1922, and eventually evolved into the Andis Company of today. Racine was a hot bed for electrical motors, specifically with the invention of the fractional HP motor. Local companies like Hamilton Beach, InSinkErator, Dremel and Andis, used this technology to make blenders, food waste disposers and rotary tools.

Andis' main competitive advantage was that the Andis Clipper was smaller, faster and delivered a higher performance than other clippers available at the time. This clipper was the first generation of today's Master Clipper, which is still one of Andis' most popular models. Production began in the basement of the Andis family home, with the entire family helping to assemble the clippers. Mathew sold them door-to-door to barbershops in Racine and the surrounding area.

With barbers across the United States quickly embracing the new Andis Clipper, the company needed more manufacturing space. Initially, Andis rented space in an industrial building, but because of increased growth, the company needed to move again, this time to a new factory building with 16,000 square feet.

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