History of the Viking Range

You wouldn’t normally look at a home appliance and think of it as having a colorful and unlikely history, but that is precisely the case with the Viking range.

It all started with a fellow named Fred Carl, Jr. in the town of Greenwood, Mississippi in the early 1980s. He designed, as this video describes, a “big, hulking, fire-breathing, restaurant-style” range that people could use at home. 

After being dismissed by manufacturers at the time, Fred Carl completed his designs with local help and perfected his massive stove by 1987. From there, his business took off. Greenwood, Fred’s beloved hometown, is now the manufacturing and corporate headquarters of the tremendously successful Viking Company. Watch this full clip to learn more!

If you live in Concord, California and are looking for an unbeatable stove, visit Friedmans Appliance. At our home appliance store, you can see the impressive Viking range in all its glory. Be sure to call us at (925) 265-8402 for specs on our Viking appliances.