Grant Olewiler

Promising quick installations and easy profits, the central vacuum industry looks to custom dealers to get its systems into American homes By Joe Paone Central vacuum, as a product category, has a big consumer awareness problem in this country. Ask the average man or woman on the street about vacuuming, and they'll likely talk about the vacuum cleaners with which we all grew up—bulky machines that you plug into an outlet and walk around a room, machines to which the central vacuum industry refers as "portables." These consumers will ooh and ahh over the latest nationally advertised high-tech products from Oreck and Dyson, or

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