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  • John Inglis and Company

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    John Inglis and Company (now Whirlpool Canada) was a Canadian firm which made weapons for the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth military forces during the World War II era, then became a major appliance company.

  • Danby (appliances)

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    Danby is the name of a line of appliances marketed by Danby Appliances Inc., led by owner and CEO, Jim Estill. The company claimed the largest market share in the compact appliance category in North America (in 2012). It is a privately held Canadian company headquartered on the outskirts of Guelph, Ontario. The company has additional locations in Findlay, Ohio, Tolleson, Arizona, Sarland, Alabama and Foxboro, Massachusetts as well as a location in Guangzhou, China. Danby only manufactures some products. It is affiliated with manufacturers in China, Mexico, and the United States. Although this is a closely held company, annual sales are estimated at about 400 million dollars through the sale of compact and specialty appliances such as microwaves, compact refrigerators, wine coolers, ranges, washing machines, air conditioners and dehumidifiers. The family-owned company first began business in Montreal, Quebec in 1947. Their first products were hot plates and slow cookers. Danby also marketed an early form of a portable air conditioner. Current products are marketed under brand names such as Danby, Danby Designer, Danby Diplomat, Danby Premiere, MicroFridge, Simplicity, Arcticaire, and Silhouette, as well as some private brands like Sunbeam for major retail stores. In November 2015, the company opened a factory outlet store on their head office premises, to be open six days a week (except on statutory holidays). Their web site, indicates that customers have access to the ″latest line-up to older generations of our household appliances - microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, wine coolers, chest freezers, air conditioners, etc.″, as well as a new line, the premium-grade BergHOFF branded kitchenware and tableware. A Belgian company, BergHOFF's products, are sold in over 60 countries. Danby Products Ltd. is the Canadian BergHOFF distributor, in addition to selling the products in its outlet store, as confirmed by an October 30, 2015 press release issued by BergHOFF International's VP of Canadian Sales. Danby's current CEO, since mid-2015, is Jim Estill.

  • Best Buy

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    Best Buy Co., Inc. is an American multinational consumer electronics retailer headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota. It was originally founded by Richard M. Schulze and James Wheeler in 1966 as an audio specialty store called Sound of Music. In 1983, it was rebranded under its current name with more emphasis placed on consumer electronics. Internationally, Best Buy also operates in Canada and Mexico, and was formerly operational in China until February 2011 (when the faction was merged with Five Star) and in Europe until 2012. Its subsidiaries include Geek Squad, Magnolia Audio Video, and Pacific Sales. Best Buy also operates the Best Buy Mobile and Insignia brands in North America, plus Five Star in China. Best Buy sells cellular phones from Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Corporation, and Boost Mobile in the United States. In Canada, carriers include Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility, their fighter brands, and competing smaller carriers, such as SaskTel. Best Buy was named "Company of the Year" by Forbes magazine in 2004, "Specialty Retailer of the Decade" by Discount Store News in 2001, ranked in the Top 10 of "America's Most Generous Corporations" by Forbes in 2005 (based on 2004 giving), and made Fortune magazine's list of "Most Admired Companies" in 2006. Hubert Joly currently serves as Best Buy's chairman and CEO. According to Yahoo! Finance, Best Buy is the largest specialty retailer in the United States consumer electronics retail industry. The company ranked No. 72 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

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