Invention And History Of Ray-O-Vac Batteries, is going to be today’s post here in Discover My Inventions, and it was In 1906, the French Battery Co. was founded in Madison, Wisconsin, by James Bowen Ramsay (1869-1952), with Alfred Landau as its first president, In 1910, Landau was replaced by C.F. Burgess, and the company became profitable.
After a fire destroyed the plant in 1915, Burgess left to found his own company. Production rose during the First World War, and by 1920, the French company had US$2.74 million in sales and 600 employees, and 1000 employees in 1931, In 1930, the company name was changed to Ray-O-Vac, an allusion to the then-new technology of vacuum tubes and electron rays. In 1933, the company patented the first wearable vacuum tube hearing aid.
During its ownership by the parent company of ESB Industrials, a British subsidiary was established to manufacture and market batteries in the United Kingdom under the Ray-O-Vac name, this operation ceased in 1972; Ray-O-Vac batteries continued to be marketed, although they were manufactured by the British Ever Ready company, In 1988, the name was simplified to Rayovac.
In 2003, Rayovac decided to diversify, and acquired non-battery related businesses including Remington Products and United Pet Group, In 2004, Rayovac successfully underbid Energizer (Eveready) as RadioShack’s battery supplier and produced the enercell brand of battery sold exclusively at RadioShack, In January 2005, Rayovac purchased United Industries Corporation for about $476 million in cash and stock.
Brands included in United Industries were Vigoro, Spectracide and Sta-Green lawn products, Cutter, Hot Shot and Repel insect control products and pet supply products with the Marineland, Perfecto, and Eight in One brands, In 2005, Tetra, a major provider of pet-fish products, was acquired, this diversification prompted the name change from Rayovac to Spectrum Brands.
So that’s it for now I’m Randy Johnson Thanks For Stopping By And Being A Great Part Of Discover My Inventions.
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