Tornado Celebrates 90 Years

Firmly rooted in tradition, with an eye on the future, Tornado Industries celebrates its golden anniversary with 90 years in business. To celebrate, the company will offer special savings to its network of distributors.
Since its beginnings in 1927, Tornado has developed into a leading innovator of "Best in Class" industrial and commercial cleaning equipment. With nine decades of janitorial/sanitation industry experience, Tornado provides in-house cleaners, contractors and facility managers across a broad-range of market segments with affordable, and innovative cleaning technology to meet the most demanding cleaning challenges.
Originally founded as the “Breuer Electric Mfg. Company,” Tornado began in a small facility in Chicago, Illinois, building and selling portable electric blowers for cleaning electric equipment. The Tornado brand name was launched shortly after, as the company began designing and producing commercial and industrial vacuum cleaners, hot air blowers, electric insecticide sprayers, and dust collectors.

Following the war and conversion to peacetime construction, the company added numerous products and entered the floor maintenance industry by acquiring the Fay Floor Machine Company. In 1977, the company moved to a location on Chicago's Northwest Side, near O'Hare International Airport.
In February 1999 three members of the senior management team, Michael Schaffer, Gary Cirone, and Tom Bogusevic, acquired the business from the Breuer family. The ownership change initiated a major product, dealer, and staff expansion. Tornado now carries a complete line of both hard and soft floor care equipment, including vacuums, carpet extraction equipment, floor machines, sweepers, automatic scrubbers, and critical filtration vacuums.
In 2007 Tornado Industries was acquired by Tacony Corporation and now operates in Fort Worth, TX as a subsidiary in the Commercial Floor Care division.