What Is the Background of Roper Appliances?

Roper began manufacturing appliances in 1874 and developed name recognition in gas ranges. By the mid-1980s, when General Electric and Whirlpool began a bidding war to acquire the company, Sears sold most of the company's appliances. In 1989, Whirlpool acquired the brand name and major appliance division of the company, while General Electric acquired Roper's stove and lawn care divisions, along with the company's manufacturing plant.