appliances are a brand of Electrolux
, part of the Frigidaire
operating unit. Gibson was founded by Joshua Hall
in Belding, Michigan
in 1877 as the Belding-Hall Company
selling cabinets that housed blocks of ice (ice-boxes
). The area around Belding Michigan had a skilled workforce of Danish craftsman and a good supply of hardwoods including ash
. The company was purchased by Frank Gibson
, a competing manufacturer of "ice refrigerators
" in the early 1900s. It was the largest in its industry at the time. In 1932 the company began making electric refrigerators.
The company claims to have innovated the refrigerator light, the upright freezer, and the "Air Sweep" mechanism for distributing conditioned air.
In 1956, Hupp Corporation acquired Gibson. In 1967 Hupp merged with White Consolidated Industries. In 1986 Electrolux acquired White Consolidated Industries.