Ford Thueson, founder of Ford’s Vacu-Maid in Bountiful, Utah, is a true pioneer of the central vacuum industry. He helped to promote awareness and acceptance of central vacuum systems in the early days of the industry. With a reputation based on quality products, the finest installation and fair pricing, Ford built his business into one of the most successful central vacuum dealerships in the United States and helped a new segment of the vacuum cleaner industry grow.
In 1958, Ford opened his business in Idaho Falls, Idaho. For the next 14 years, he traveled throughout Idaho and surrounding states promoting the central vacuum concept and installing units for a wide variety of customers. In 1972, Ford’s Vacu-Maid relocated to Bountiful, Utah, where business continued to thrive.
Ford has installed central vacuum systems in many of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in Utah, including the LDS Church, the Morman Tabernacle and the ZCMI Mall. His success with these large, often difficult installations is a testament to Ford’s expertise and determination. One installation for a 375,000 square foot structure required more than 500 inlets and took four years to complete.
With his strong work ethic and strict attention to detail, Ford established a tradition of quality craftsmanship in the central vacuum industry. He retired from the day to day operations of the business in 1978, passing on this tradition to his sons. Ford Thueson’s enthusiasm for the central vacuum systems and his pioneering spirit have served the industry well.
1996 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee