About Us

American Vacuum Company was founded in the early nineteen hundreds by Ralph H. Person, who purchased the vacuum cleaning division of American Radiator Company. Hence the brand name Arco.

Our humble beginning began in the basement of a building located in downtown Chicago. In the years that followed thru the great depression and two world wars, American Vacuum expanded it's operation and built a manufacturing facility in Skokie, IL.

In the years that followed and the addition of Ralph M. Person American Vacuum expanded it’s operation even further. We went from a national supplier to a global provider of vacuum cleaning equipment.

Today, we are a proud third generation family run business with the potential of providing some of the industries biggest and most complicated systems. We always have and always will operate with tradition and excellence in building quality equipment. Our "hands on" customer service approach is the key to our success.

With over 100 years of building the industry's best and most reliable vacuums is your assurance that AVC will help you select, design & choose the proper cleaning system. Below are photographs from our early days.