For more than 50 years, AHAM has been the leading voice for the home appliance industry, promoting growth and innovation across the industry in the United States and Canada. Through its leadership in public policy, regulations, standards and research, AHAM helps manufacturers bring efficient, high-performing home appliances into the homes of consumers around the world.
AHAM’s roots stretch back more than a century to 1915, the year a group of 60 clothes washer manufacturers formed the American Washing Machine Association. Over the next several decades, associations representing the manufacturers of various types of home appliances were formed. They ultimately came together in 1967 after they reached the consensus that the interests of the home appliance industry were best represented by a single, unified organization.
Today, AHAM represents manufacturers of major, portable and floor care home appliances, and suppliers to the industry. AHAM’s membership includes over 150 companies throughout the world. AHAM members employ tens of thousands of people and produce more than 95% of the household appliances shipped for sale. The appliance industry directly employs over 377,000 workers in the U.S. and AHAM members produce more than 95% of the household appliances that are shipped for sale domestically. The industry’s total economic impact exceeds $198 billion. The home appliance industry, through its products and innovation, is essential to consumer lifestyle, health, safety and convenience. Through its technology, employees and productivity, the industry contributes significantly to jobs and economic security. Home appliances also are a success story in terms of energy efficiency and environmental impact New appliances often represent the most effective choice a consumer can make to reduce home energy use and costs. The association is committed to serving the home appliance industry while delivering value to consumers through leadership, education and advocacy.