It all started at a backyard garage in Cleveland, Ohio. Phillip A. Geier created one of the world's first vacuum cleaner companies, the P. A. Geier Company in 1905. They crafted metal cleaners by hand for years. As the company grew, so did their operation. They soon launched two divisions. While they loved making vacuums the most, they also had a knack for mixers, hair dryers and washing machines.