Vacuum cleaners have been manufactured by Miele since 1927. There have been tremendous changes over these 88 years. Miele was founded in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann; headquartered in Gütersloh, Germany since 1907. Carl Miele supervised manufacturing personally, while Reinhard Zinkann handled finance and sales. The company has always maintained its goal to provide the highest-quality domestic appliances and commercial equipment to its users. Miele is currently present in 47 countries with its own sales companies and in over 50 countries via imports.