White-Westinghouse traces its heritage back to 1914, when the Copeman Electric Stove
Company began producing the first electric ranges. Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing
Company acquired Copeman in 1917 and moved the manufacturing operation to Mansfield, Ohio.
Westinghouse soon produced a fully automatic electric range built of cast iron in a
solid oak frame which weighed in at 725 pounds and sold for $325. Soon lighter stove
models were brought to market and as more homes gained electricity during the Roaring
Twenties, stoves and ovens became common household items.
By the 1930s Westinghouse had developed refrigerators with completely sealed
refrigeration units. Portable dishwashers - an industry first - and room air conditioners
were added in the 1930s. In 1939, Westinghouse introduced the first fully automatic
washer that did not have to be bolted to the floor. The company also developed and
marketed small appliances such as coffee makers and irons. Industry first "Frost
Free" refrigerators were added in the 1950s.
In 1975, the Westinghouse major appliance business was acquired by White Consolidated
Industries and the product name was changed to White-Westinghouse. When AB Electrolux
acquired WCI in 1986, White-Westinghouse became part of the Global Appliance Company.
Today, White-Westinghouse offers a complete line of full featured, value priced major
home appliances. The name again appears on small appliances and electronics through
special licensing arrangements.