Andis Company would love to get its hands on mulleted heads everywhere, as well as sheep, horses, dogs, and other animals. The company makes and markets clippers, trimmers, shavers, and other grooming appliances for the barber and beauty industries, as well as for professional animal groomers. It also supplies home haircutting kits, hair dryers, and other small electric appliances for consumers and hotels. Andis, which operates offices in the US and the UK, peddles its products worldwide. The company got its start in 1922 when Mathew Andis Sr. invented a self-contained electric clipper. Today, Andis is in its fourth generation of family leadership.
The economic downturn has benefitted manufacturers of hair clippers in the consumer sector. Like rival Wahl Clipper, Andis has seen an uptick in sales as those who typically rely on expensive stylists take matters into their own hands to trim, cut, curl, straighten, or dry their hair. The grooming products company has used its 90th anniversary in 2012 to launch of variety of new items, such as Special Edition UltraEdge Clipper, Tackmate horse groomer, and Red Master Clipper barber products. Looking ahead to its centennial year, Andis relies on product innovation to pique the interest of new and existing customers.
Having spent recent years extending its reach abroad, Andis sells its grooming products in 90 countries. Along with others in the global grooming market, the company is chasing after the professional sector in India by collaborating with Partners in Distribution (PID) India, which specializes in providing the market with salon products. During 2011 Andis began selling curling irons, flat irons, hair dryers, and groomers through beauty and cosmetic stores and retailers of electronics.
The company's 160,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, works to keep pace with demand from the consumer and commercial markets. – less