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Spectrum Brands 2016 Year in Review!

December 30, 2016


spectrum-year-in-review2016 was a banner year for Spectrum Brands. Here are just ten highlights from the past 12 months:

  1. Our Dayton, Ohio facility opens in January! Read more about it on our blog here and in the Dayton Business Journal. We’ve been hiring like crazy and can’t wait to get a running start on 2017.
  2. Madison’s favorite newspaper The Isthmus went behind the scenes at our Remington Shave Lab at our world headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin. Check out the feature here.
  3. We held an amazing Community Volunteer Day in both Middleton and St. Louis, Missouri. We helped the Clean Lakes Alliance pull up invasive weeds and assisted Gateway Greening with their community gardens. Check out all the photos here.
  4. Our Pet Home and Garden Lowe’s Team was recognized as 2016 Lawn and Garden Innovation Partner of the Year.
  5. Spectrum Brands took on the Zika virus with Cutter Insect Repellent and Repel. We donated 55,000 units to areas and people most in need, including pregnant women in the USVI.
  6. Our George Foreman brand was a big hit on QVC. We debuted the The George Foreman® Five Serving Grill & Broil™ with Five Nonstick Plates as a Today’s Special Value.
  7. Cutter Insect Repellent was named the official sponsor of the men’s and women’s U.S. Soccer teams. Read more about the partnership in this news release.
  8. Rayovac celebrated 110 years! The brand is still going strong after all this time with partnerships with major players like Walt Disney World.
  9. Most importantly, we celebrated another banner year at Spectrum Brands! Our stock price has doubled in the past three years and this is the 7th consecutive year of financial growth.
  10. With all this growth, it’s no wonder that we are expanding. The expansion of our world headquarters should be done next year!

What a year! We can’t wait to see what 2017 brings us.

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Spotlight on: George Foreman

November 29, 2016



Spectrum Brands is a global and diversified consumer products company who owns many top brands like George Foreman Cooking. As the groundbreakers of the indoor grilling category—and with over ten years as industry leaders—George Foreman Cooking understands better than anyone the innovative technology you want in order to cook the healthy, delicious food you and your family love.


The George Foreman® brand is dedicated to providing practical solutions to Knock Out the Fat™ from your favorite foods. From a legendary athlete’s fight for better health, the George Foreman® brand was born as the answer to making everyday foods healthier, leaner and better-tasting – in less time than it takes to prepare and cook them using conventional methods. 15195818_10154169083781482_200222832320996204_o
Our commitment is to developing innovative cooking products that help consumers create great-tasting food that pleases the palate but with less fat. Products include countertop grills, indoor/outdoor grills, contact roasters, fryers and portable gas grills that knock out the fat. Our George Foreman® grills strive to make great-tasting foods leaner, faster and more convenient. 

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We’re SO Thankful!

November 22, 2016



Spectrum Brands embraces its role in local communities. In donating our time and resources, we’ve made a real impact in people’s lives and the world around us. We give back to local and national causes that are chosen by employees and aligned with our industry and products – so with a product portfolio almost as diverse as our employee population, that’s quite a list! Just a few recipients include:

We’re SO thankful for all of our amazing employees who made this year not only another year of growth but who also made 2016 another year of giving back to our local communities. Thank you for all that you do! View some of the great photos from these events over at our Flickr page.

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Our Dayton, Ohio Facility Opens in 2017!

October 6, 2016



The walls are going up at our new Dayton, Ohio facility. This centralized research and development, manufacturing, and distribution center will open in 2017 and will be about 570,000 square feet in size. To prepare for the grand opening next year, our human resources team is already getting busy.


We’re searching for product development scientists, human resources managers, manufacturing engineers and more in the Dayton area. If you think you’d be a great fit for our team, view and apply for our latest positions over at We’d love to hear from you!


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Isthmus Goes Behind-the-Scenes at our Remington Shaving Lab in Middleton, WI

July 19, 2016


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Dylan Brogan of the Isthmus stopped by our world headquarters in Middleton, Wisconsin to get a sneak peek of our shaving lab, where we test all of our Remington products. Read the feature below:

Remington hair clippers and electric shavers are sold all over the world. They shape mutton chops in Maine, goatees in Guatemala and soul patches in Saskatchewan. Mustaches both sincere and ironic have been sculpted with a trimmer designed by Remington engineers.

But before any of the brand’s products hit the shelves, they are tested on local faces and heads in the Good Neighbor City: Middleton.

The “shaving lab” is located within the corporate headquarters of Spectrum Brands on Deming Way. Remington, which is owned by Spectrum, has been making electric shavers since 1937. The small room is reminiscent of a mall salon, except it’s next to office cubicles and laboratories.

Mirrors line one wall in front of a barber chair. Unseen cameras behind each mirror record the action, which is displayed on a flatscreen TV on the adjacent wall.

David Toy, a Remington product developer, says analyzing trimmers in a salon environment is a crucial step in developing products. “It lets us know how [a product] is being used, and it uncovers potential problems you wouldn’t discover any other way,” says Toy.

The test subjects are usually employees from other departments. Today, Adrian Flores, a graphic designer at Spectrum, is sitting in the barber’s chair, wearing a black smock. “I’m the guinea pig,” says Flores.

Read the rest of the article at the Isthmus.

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Spectrum Community Volunteer Day

June 14, 2016


27196205295_5416bede7c_zSpectrum Brands volunteers gathered in Madison and St. Louis last month to work toward “Clean land, clean water, better community” with help from the National Environmental Education Foundation.

26591058353_c6b3d77ec5_zIn Middleton, 100 Spectrum employees planted trees, pulled 1,700 pounds of invasive weeds, and cleaned up litter, all to protect the water quality of the lakes and streams nearby. Spectrum is a Sustaining Founder of Clean Lakes Alliance and has focused on protecting the water quality in the Madison area for the last six years. We’ve also committed to $10,000 in grants for community partners to support more volunteer opportunities in each city.

27100172902_d682aa1c67_zIn St. Louis, Spectrum employees spent their day with Gateway Greening, an organization that sustains more than 200 community gardens in the area. Our employees not only helped beautify a local neighborhood but learned a lot about gardening and agriculture as well.

26614209714_b8444e342a_zThe day was a huge success and you can see the teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishment through these photos of the volunteers in action!

26614211224_401813c18d_zSee more photos of our St. Louis employees in action on Flickr and our Middleton employees in action here.
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Spectrum Brands Takes on the Zika Virus

March 10, 2016


Spectrum - ZikaWe’re taking on the Zika virus with a new formula in 60 of our products. In connection with the CDC, we’ve donated over 55,000 units of Cutter Insect Repellent and Repel to areas and people most in need, including pregnant women in the USVI.

If you’re celebrating spring break in the Caribbean or Latin America, grab a travel-sized version of Cutter or Repel to take along with you. Learn more about how our Cutter Insect Repellent and Repel products can keep you safe from Zika virus in this video segment from Fox 2 News.

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110 Years: Rayovac Is Having a Birthday!

January 17, 2016


Rayovac_Leak_Proof_adHappy Birthday to Rayovac! 110-years-old and we are stronger than ever!

The longevity of the company is truly remarkable. Rayovac started producing batteries back in 1906. In 1927 when Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, he carried two Ray-o-lite flashlights with him for emergency purposes… In the 1930s, Rayovac patented the first vacuum tube hearing aid… and in the 1940s, Rayovac increased their production in order to support the war effort.


No matter what’s happening in the world, Rayovac has been there. Currently, Spectrum Brands and our official partner Walt Disney World are promoting a sweepstakes where you can enter to win a fabulous vacation. As long time Rayovac employee and now Director of Marketing, Jim Stoeffler says, “We put the smiles on the faces of the little kids when they put the batteries in their toys.”


Our employees look at their work as an opportunity to offer much more than just batteries to our customers. “We provide security and safety to the people who use our products. It’s not just about the product, it’s about the people,” said Stoeffler.


Although a small company to start, Rayovac has grown into a global organization of 14,000 employees headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. We are up and running 24 hours a day seven days a week producing 600 batteries per minute. If you do the math, we have the capacity to produce over 1 billion batteries per year!

To learn more about Rayovac and hear directly from Colleen Orani, Director of Human Resources, check out this video. Then check out more historical pictures from our Flickr archives or learn more about Rayovac’s history at the Rayovac website.

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UW-Madison Tops Our List

September 29, 2015


14070186173_d73139edde_bThe verdict is in! The University of Wisconsin-Madison is, in fact, the best public college in the United States. That is hands down our view here at Spectrum Brands and two recent polls have ranked UW-Madison at the top of their lists as well.

Skout, a friend-making app, ranks UW-Madison as number one on the 10-Friendliest College Towns in America list. U.S. News and World Report places UW-Madison in 11th place for the second year in a row among the top public colleges. Take a look at all the UW-Madison academic kudos here, including, the College of Engineering’s 14th overall ranking for the third year in a row and the Wisconsin School of Business’ 15th overall for the second year in a row.

Spectrum Brands is proud of its long-standing connection with UW-Madison. We’ve served as a host for their regular Summer Engineering Program and participated in on-campus mock interviews and speed networking events. Not to mention, dozens of current Spectrum Brands employees attended UW-Madison and interned with us during their studies. Their internships spanned various fields like Engineering, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, and Finance.

Jordan Rosenbaum, a former Product Marketing Intern at Spectrum Brands and current student at UW-Madison says he didn’t feel like an intern during his time at Spectrum. “I was given a lot more responsibility than you would expect for an intern and opportunities to network with people outside of my specific business unit,” he added.

21-year-old Ben Cleppe, who will graduate May 2016 from UW-Madison, says, “My favorite part of my (R&D Engineering) internship was the freedom I had to take my project in the direction I saw fit and that I received the necessary training to do so.”

Connor Dura’s thoughts were similar.  He said, “I really enjoy being assigned individual project work—being able to create something from the ground up allows lots of room for creativity.”

It’s comments like these that show our strong partnership with UW-Madison and make us feel like proud parents to those students we are helping to usher out into the workforce.

Image via college.library/Flickr

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4 Reasons Why Our Employees Love Working at Spectrum Brands

June 30, 2015


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Kevin from Sales says, “A lot of people don’t know who Spectrum Brands is but they know all of the different brands that we have.” And the number of brands we own is one of the biggest reasons why people love working for us. Here are just a few reasons why working at Spectrum Brands is great.

1. The size is just right.
Goldilocks would be happy. Spectrum Brands might just be the perfect balance of large national brands and a small-town feel. There’s no need to move to a big city with a high cost of living to find a great career opportunity. We operate in a brand new green world headquarters just outside of Madison, Wisconsin in the family-friendly suburb of Middleton.

Madison was named the best place to live in 2015 by, and Middleton has held the title before. “Its nice being part of a big company like this but it still feels like a small company,” says Kevin.

2. Every day is different.
It’s hard to get bored at a company where so much is going on. You’ll get to know coworkers across different departments and different brands. “I love my job. No day is the same,” says Dorothy in Supply Chain. “It’s always something different. It’s always new challenges.”

3. There are plenty of learning opportunities. 
Speaking of bored, if you’re looking for a change, look no further than across the hallway. Each brand offers a unique opportunity to learn a new business, a new product, and a new customer.

“I get to work hand in hand with our European team,” says Devon, who works in the marketing department of Remington. “If the opportunity arises I could raise my hand and be working on batteries tomorrow and really learning how to drive that business.”

4. There is room for growth.
Those learning opportunities can lead to more than just mental growth — they can lead to career growth too. With so many brands, we have plenty of opportunities for promotion within the company. “You definitely have a lot more opportunity to move forward with your career because of all the different brands,” says Tara, a web designer at Spectrum Brands.

Elizabeth from Creative agrees. She says, “Spectrum Brands is a company that when they see your potential and they see that you really love and have a passion for what you do, they give you opportunities that you never expect. They let you fly as high as you want to fly.”

P.S. We’re hiring. View our latest job opportunities.


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