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Get To Know Us Here At American Vacuum Company

American Vacuum Company was founded in the early 1900s 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 through the great depression and two world wars, American Vacuum Company expanded its operation and built a manufacturing facility in Skokie, IL.

As the family business grew with the addition of Ralph M. Person, American Vacuum continued to expand even further. We went from a national supplier to a global provider of industrial vacuum cleaning equipment.

Today, we are a proud fourth generation family-run business providing some of the industry's biggest and most complex vacuum 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 industrial vacuums is your assurance that AVC will help you select, design & choose the proper cleaning system. Below are photographs from our early days.


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Case Studies

Discover Our Case Studies

American Vacuum has been manufacturing Industrial Vacuums including portable, stationary, and central vacuum cleaning systems since 1910. We have installed over 500,000 Industrial Vacuum Systems across the United States and pride ourselves on being a family owned business. Please take a look at some of the case studies below to learn a little more about how American Vacuum is an industry leader and constantly pushing the industrial vacuum industry forward.