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Bissell Inc., also known as Bissell Homecare, is a privately-owned vacuum cleaner and floor care product manufacturing corporation headquartered in Walker, Michigan, a suburb of Grand Rapids. The company is the number one manufacturer of floor care products in North America in terms of sales, with 20 of the marketshare. Melville Bissell developed an early carpet sweeping machine to aide in cleaning the crockery shop he and his wife Anna owned and operated. The device was patented as the Bissell Carpet Sweeper in 1876. In 1883 Bissell built the company’s first manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids. By the 1890s the company had an international presence and was producing 1000 sweepers per day. Melville Bissell died in 1889, and his wife Anna took over as leader of the company. She served as the company president from 1889 – 1919 and chair of the board from 1919 – 1934. Over the years the company expanded from manufacturing only mechanical sweepers to producing vacuum cleaners and carpet shampooers.