Long before the Will It Blend? series exploded on YouTube, Tom Dickson was blending 2x2s with his blenders to determine their capability. As an engineer and inventor, Tom grew up putting big engines in little things.
Back in 1975, Tom’s curiosity came between a vacuum and some spilled wheat kernels. His innate inquisitiveness drove him to revolutionize the home wheat milling industry taking it from stone grinding to his patented stainless steel milling heads. Like most inventors, Tom didn’t stop here, he envisioned the perfect mixer using the freshly milled flour from his mill to make wholesome bread in minutes. While back in the lab, Tom developed the auto-knead button allowing the mixer to knead the dough, develop the gluten, and turn off automatically when finished. Tom continued to improve the mixer and decided to add a blender with a square pitcher, rather than the conventional round shaped pitcher. As Tom grew his mill and mixer business, new ideas developed and he enhanced the blender and began developing commercial blending machines just as the smoothie era began.
Fast forward to the next century, Tom is still inventing and the company is still growing! Walking into the world of Team Blendtec, you’ll find the innovative engineering team and their “torture chamber”, the international team seeing where their travels take them next, and you will still find Tom around the plant scooting off to blend up his next invention.
Today, all around the world people use Blendtec blenders in their homes, restaurants, smoothie shops, coffee shops, and more. We continue to keep dreaming of new and better ways to build machines that improve the lives of others. It all began with one man and his curiosity. He has shared that vision with others, and with his team, the dream continues to unfold.