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The Wahl Clipper Corporation
, based in Sterling, Illinois
Sterling is a city in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. The population was 15,370 at the 2010 census, down from 15,451 at the 2000 census. Formerly nicknamed "The Hardware Capital of the World", Sterling has long been associated with manufacturing and the steel...
, manufactures grooming products for humans and other animals.
The company was founded on the strength of Leo J. Wahl's patent
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for an electromagnetic hair clipper in 1919. In 1965 Wahl introduced the first vacuum clipper, which allowed a person's hair to be cut without use of a cape. In 1967 Wahl produced the first cordless hair clipper using its own rechargeable battery technology. Four years later it started an electronics division with the world's first cordless and rechargeable solder
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ing iron. In 1975 the company released a line of back and foot massagers utilizing the vibrating motor technology used in their hair trimmers. In 1984 Wahl invented the first cordless consumer beard and mustache trimmer. In 2001 it patented the first vacuuming consumer beard trimmer, the Trim N Vac. Wahl manufactures its clippers and trimmers in its own factories in Sterling, Illinois; Germany
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, and Hungary
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Wahl is also a brand of men's trimmers including trimmers for beards, mustaches, goatees, body, and ear / nose & brow.
Products are sold in over 150 countries world wide under the brands Wahl, Moser, Lister and more recently Groom Ease. In 2006 Wahl licensed the For Dummies
brand from John Wiley & Sons
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publishing company and launched the Home Haircutting for Dummies product line.