Speed Queen has been open since 1908. Their appliances are usually found in laundromats and on commercial properties. The laundry sets you purchase from you local Speed Queen dealer have the same internal parts as the commercial units just with a more attractive exterior. Because of this you know you are buying true commercial quality for your home. They offer a line up of washesr that are still built to last 25 years worth of use.* They also do not use a lid lock, the water level is the manually selected by the user, a full size flex vane agitator for the best washing available, 210 degree agitation arc, 710 rpm spin, and no control boards on their top load washers. For more information please visit their website at http://www.speedqueen.com/home/en-us.aspx.