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Viking Range

Viking Range Corporation
Founded 1987
Founders Fred Carl, Jr.
Headquarters Greenwood, MS, USA
Products Ranges, Oven, Cooktops, Refrigerators
Website http://www.vikingrange.com/

Viking Range Corporation is an appliance company that manufactures kitchen appliances for residential and commercial use. Viking originated the "professional" segment of kitchen appliances with its introduction of the first professional-grade range for home use in 1987. Today the company offers three complete lines of premium appliances including cooking, ventilation, kitchen clean-up and refrigeration, as well as various outdoor appliances. In addition to their "Professional" and less expensive "Designer" series, Viking's latest offering is their new "Commercial" line of kitchen appliances for use in restaurant and other commercial kitchens.[1] Headquartered on historic Cotton Row in downtown Greenwood, Mississippi, Viking Range employs more than 1,000 people at four manufacturing facilities in Leflore County. The Middleby Corporation acquired Viking Range Corporation for $380 million in cash. Within a couple of months of the acquisition the company laid off 1/5th of its Employees.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Greenwood's Viking Renaissance 2
  • Viking Residential Kitchen 3
  • 2011 product safety settlement 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

In the 1980s cookware, dishwashers, cutlery and professional counter top appliances.

Greenwood's Viking Renaissance

The establishment of Viking's hometown of Greenwood, Mississippi as a tourist destination came with the opening of The Alluvian Hotel on Howard Street in 2003. Built as a subsidiary of Viking Range, The Alluvian is a boutique hotel located in the old Hotel Irving in historic downtown Greenwood.[3]

In 2005, Viking opened a 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) spa, a cooking school and a bakery. The Alluvian Spa, Viking Cooking School and the Mockingbird Bakery are all the work of Viking Hospitality Group, and provide services to local residents and corporate clientele that Viking provides training and demonstrations to.[4]

Outside of Viking’s development, other private ventures have flourished in the blocks surrounding The Alluvian, including museums, boutique retail stores, a book store, art galleries, restaurants and antique stores, among others.[5]

Viking Residential Kitchen

Different kitchen designs have different layouts. The common layout is the triangle of activity. This is where the work area (stove, sink, dishware worktop), are in easy reach. [6]

2011 product safety settlement

In June 2011, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accepted a settlement under which Viking agreed to pay $450,000 in civil penalties to settle charges that it failed to report defects in its refrigerators.[7]

Between 1999 and 2006, Viking manufactured side-by-side and bottom-freezer refrigerators that were alleged to be unsafe by the CPSC. Viking issued a recall in 2009. Viking denied any violations and a final settlement was made CPSC in June 28, 2011.[8]

References

  1. ^ http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-7077985/Viking-going-commercial-Strictly-Business.html
  2. ^ Viking Range Corporation - Google Finance
  3. ^ Kelly, Leslie. Delta Treat. The Commercial Appeal. January 22, 2006.
  4. ^ The New York Times > Travel > Escapes > Journeys: The Stove Groupies' Pilgrimage
  5. ^ http://www.gwcommonwealth.com/articles/2007/10/24/news/top_stories/news02.txt
  6. ^ http://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-00844/
  7. ^ World Trade\INTERACTIVE™[2], Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., June 28, 2011, accessed June 28, 2011.
  8. ^ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION [3], Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., June 28, 2011, accessed June 28, 2011.

External links

  • Viking Range official site
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