Casarte by Russell Hobbs launches in China March 2010
In December 2007, two longstanding companies in the small household appliance business, Salton, Inc. and Applica Incorporated, combined their businesses through a merger. As a result of the merger, Applica became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Salton. In December 2009, the combined company (formerly known as Salton, Inc.) changed its name to Russell Hobbs, Inc.
Based in Miramar, Florida, Russell Hobbs, Inc. and its subsidiaries are leading marketers and distributors of a broad range of branded small household appliances. We market and distribute a broad range of branded small household appliances, pet and pest products, water products and personal care products. We have a broad portfolio of well recognized brand names, including Black & Decker® , George Foreman® , Russell Hobbs® , LitterMaid®, Farberware®, Juiceman®, Breadman® and Toastmaster®. Our customers include mass merchandisers, specialty retailers and appliance distributors primarily in North America, South America, Europe and Australia.
In 2007, we launched our new water products initiatives, beginning with a water pitcher filtration system sold under the Clear2O® brand. In May 2009, we introduced our Clear2Go® branded sports filtration bottle. The sales of Clear2O® branded products are made to mass merchandisers and specialty retailers primarily in North America. In June 2008, we entered into a license agreement with Island Sky Corporation for a patented air-to-water product. The air-to-water business of the Water Products segment is in its beginning stages and is focused on the commercial markets in India and certain other countries in the Far East.