By 1916, there were nearly two dozen domestic refrigerator models on the market in the United States, but the Kelvinator was the first to enter full-scale production. In 1918, Kelvinator produced the first refrigerator with automatic control, and by 1923 the company held 80 percent of the American market for electric refrigerators. So, why is the name not familiar today? The Kelvinator Company merged with Nash Motors in 1937, which was later folded into American Motors (AMC). Electrolux now owns Kelvinator, which is still marketed in such places as the Philippines and Argentina.