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History

We're here to serve. And not just vacuums.

For J.C. (Mac) McHardy, it seemed like such a simple idea: service all makes of vacuums for any customer. Oh, how his little idea has taken off. From the humble beginnings of his home, McHardy Vacuum has grown into one of the largest privately owned vacuum and cleaning supply centres in North America. From the beginning, the first priority for J.C. was not just to sell vacuums. It was to serve his higher calling, other people.

His official purpose in business was to follow the good book and to "do unto others as he would have them do unto him" and let the rest take care of itself. That's why we invest heavily in local and international children's programs, service clubs, emergency shelters, sports teams and other community services. Our goal today is to "be unto others as we would have them be unto us". We find it a privilege to daily walk out our faith in Christ by serving those that are placed in our path. Since 1946, this has been and continues to be our purpose.

1915 – J.C. (Mac) McHardy is born in Springfield Ontario.

1945 - After serving in World War II, J.C. begins selling Fuller Brush door to door.

1946 – J.C. moves to London and begins selling Hoover Vacuums Door to Door. Wins King Trophy for top salesman of the year. 

1948 - In a discussion with his Hoover manager, J.C. states "it'd be great to have a store that sells and services all makes of vacuums." He's fired on the spot, "the best thing that could have ever happened to him and the London vacuum market."

1952 - After selling Filter Queen, Airway and Filtex for several years, J.C. Opens a small store in London offering sales & service to all makes of vacuums, not just the ones he sells.

1962 – McHardy Vacuum moves to 1002 Dundas Street, one of it's current locations.

1977 – McHardy Vacuum introduces Central Vacuuming to the London Market.

Central Vacuum System

1982 – McHardy Vacuum purchases 1000 Dundas completing the current building configuration.

1987 – J.C.'s youngest son Philip purchases McHardy Vacuum from J.C. fulfilling second generation succession plan. 

2001 – McHardy Vacuum renovates the main showroom taking it to a state of the art vacuum and cleaning retail center.

2003 – J.C. (Mac) McHardy quietly passes away in his 88th year.

2007 – McHardy Vacuum updates façade and launches new Website.

2009 – McHardy Vacuum opens second location in north west London, Ontario and launches web store to sell across Canada.

McHardy Vacuum renovates website to be more user friendly.