Atwood 36264 Plenum Plate, 85-Iii * Atwood Mobile Products was founded in 1909 as the Atwood Vacuum Machine Company by brothers James and Seth Atwood.
They expanded the business by developing the “universal rubber door bumper” which put an end to door rattles in early automobiles. The Atwood brothers continued their success in the burgeoning auto business by manufacturing door hinges and seat adjusters.
As travel trailers became popular, Atwood entered the RV market with a trailer coupler in 1936, the screw-type trailer jack in 1949, and surge brakes in 1960. The company grew with strategic purchases of the Bowen Company in 1964, an RV water heater manufacturer; Wedgewood in the mid 1980s, with a complete line of gas ranges and cook tops; and Hydroflame furnaces in 1993—making gas appliances the company’s core product line. In 2010, they enhanced their RV product range by acquiring Fan-Tastic Vent™, a highly recognized manufacturer of performance air-exchange systems. Atwood energized this product line by developing the Ultra Breeze Vent Cover, EZ-Breeze vent, and modernized controls.
In 2014 Dometic purchased Atwood Mobile Products to complement and bolster Dometic’s robust product line.