The Theo Klein company was founded in Germany in 1949 by a husband and wife; initially the business offered brushes and brooms. In 1956 it offered a few children's broom and brush sets and in 1959 it expanded to offer metal shovels, thus entering the toy business; today the family-run company is one of Europe's biggest producers of high quality, educationally stimulating toys. The products are geared toward pretend play and designed to stimulate imagination, role-playing and career exploration. Products include cleaning trolley and vacuum sets, toy police belts, firefighter backpacks, toy workbenches, veterinarian kits, toy police and firefighter kits, tool belts, toy pots and pans, tool kits, race cars, car parks, action figures and more. Many of the products are semi-realistic replicas, created based on partnerships with premium brands and products such as Miele vacuum cleaners and Bosch power tools.