It all began in 1962 with a metal dog dish, a case of insomnia, and a man who really loved to tinker.
Jim Buckwalter's ingenious invention masked sounds that kept him awake at night. It was quite simple: a turntable motor and a small fan blade inside a dog bowl encased in a disc of foam-covered wood. Jim's device created a deeply soothing sound from rushing air. It also helped people sleep like never before.
Word got out, and soon Jim's friends and family were asking for his sleep machines. A little company was born. And it soon turned into a bigger company. Thats how the original Marpac SleepMate eventually became the current Dohm.
While the Dohm is somewhat more sophisticated than its dog-dish ancestor, its guts are fundamentally the same. And while our company has grown in size over the decades, that same find-an-answer, inventor-ish, gee-whiz attitude is still around here.
We have an old-school commitment to what works. In a technology-infused world, our people are hands-on when it comes to detail-oriented perfection. One phone call with customer service and you'll know that the problem-solving mentality that started this company is also deeply alive and well.
All of our products are still handmade in the USA by people who have been with our company for so long their ears are part of quality control. That's why Marpac products last for decades. And that's why you'll get a serious night's sleep every time you use one.
A little trip down memory lane.
Since we've been around since 1962, we've got all kinds of stuff in our attic. We think it's pretty cool, if we don't say so ourselves, so we've decided to share some of it here. If you have some Sleepmate or Marpac memorabilia, we'd love it if you would take the time to send us a picture or two.
And if you happen to find yourself in Wilmington, North Carolina, come on by for a visit. We've got the first and only museum dedicated to sound conditioners, right here in our production facility.