The Metro Vacuum Cleaner Company is one of our longest-standing and most popular brands. With Vice President of Marketing David Stern’s visit to Detail Fest coming up, we wanted to share the company’s story:
In 1939, Hyman Gulker pawned his pocket watch and gave $50 to his son-in-law, Israel, and daughter, Pearl Stern. That year Metro Vac, a small retail store in the Bronx, opened its doors. The first years were spent rebuilding and selling vacuums.
In 1951, Jules Stern, the son of Israel and Pearl Stern, joined the company. Between 1957 and 1970, Metro introduced three industry firsts: in 1957, the 110-volt hand vac; in 1964m the first 12-volt auto hand vacuum that plugged into the cigarette lighter; and in 1970, the Metro Duo-Volt, the world’s first and still the only dual voltage hand held vacuum cleaner. Amid all this innovation and growth, Metro moved into a 32,000 sq. ft. facility in Suffern, NY.
In 1974, Kenneth Stern, the eldest son of Jules, joined Metro. Then David Stern, the youngest son of Jules, joined the family business in 1984. Since then, under the keen eyes of Jules, President, Kenneth, Vice-President of National Sales and David, Vice-President of Marketing, many new and different markets have been opened for Metro products. Over the last 70 years, the Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Company, Inc. has evolved into a multidivisional corporation, producing vacuums and inflators for auto and motorcycle care, sporting goods and camping gear, computer maintenance, and pet grooming.
In 2002, the Air Force Blaster Motorcycle Dryer revolutionized the motorcycle maintenance by trimming 80% off the drying time. For the automotive field, Metro’s Vac N Blo series offers enthusiasts a high-powered vacuum, an exterior dryer, and an inflator all in one machine. Metro’s Stainless Steel series brings Metro performance into the home in sleek, stylish vacuum cleaners. Never straying too far from what made them successful, Metro still produces the 110 volt hand vac and 12 volt hand vac.
Metro Vac is the industry standard for auto vacuums! The variety, the versatility, and the performance offered by Metro vacuums and dryers will turn your garage into a state-of-the-art detail shop.