Edwin Price was born in The Bronx in 1931 and moved to Philadelphia at age five. At 16, he began working in the vacuum cleaner industry at one of his father Jack's stores after school. Jack Price had started selling vacuum cleaners at the height of the Depression in the early 1930's. Edwin worked part time until his freshman year in college when he entered the service in 1951. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Flossie. He was discharged from the service in 1954 and joined his father at Price Vacuum Stores.
Edwin opened his own store in Trenton, NJ in 1956. Two years later, he sold that store to his manager and moved to Miami, Florida to manage a store for the 65-store chain of Atlas Sew Vac Centers. He quickly became a supervisor and traveled the country for Atlas. In 1962, Edwin went to work for Paul Genoa at Flicker Vacuum as a salesman and later sales manager. He and Paul became partners and opened Genvac in Riviera Beach, Florida, selling that branch 10 years later to Genvac in Texas.
Edwin went to work for Kenard Strauss at Buckeye Vacuum Supply shortly thereafter. Edwin's greatest contributions to the industry have been his ability to know the needs of the vacuum cleaner dealers and through the years has set up sales organizations to fulfill those needs. In addition to his ability to be the consummate salesman and teach others to be almost as good, he has taught dealers excellent sales methods to create a win-win situation between dealers and their distributor. In the 60 plus years Edwin has been in the vacuum cleaner industry he has given much valuable advice to many dealers and has helped guide them to success.
2008 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee