Vent-A-Hood Celebrates 80th Anniversary

January 17, 2013

Vent-A-Hood is kicking up its heels to celebrate its 80th anniversary. The third-generation family-owned business began in 1933 when Carr P. Collins launched the idea to bring indoor cooking ventilation to homeowners across North America.

“This is a monumental year for Vent-A-Hood and a fantastic tribute to the perseverance of manufacturing in America,” said Miles “Skip” Woodall III, CEO of Vent-A-Hood.

Once founded, the company prospered with representatives going door-to-door to educate consumers about the product and drive sales. The product was then manufactured by hand at a warehouse in Dallas, TX, and delivered and installed.

Vent-A-Hood’s early success was due to a patented centrifugal blower, called the Magic Lung, which earned the company several U.S. patents and appliance awards. “It was viewed as a luxury in the early years to have a range hood,” said Woodall. “Photos of Hollywood actors like Rock Hudson and Doris Day, standing in their kitchens by their Vent-A-Hood, still adorn our company walls.”

After outgrowing its fourth manufacturing plant in Dallas, Vent-A-Hood relocated operations ‘to the country’ in 1962 and built a state-of-the-art facility in Richardson, TX. Today the company’s headquarters has seen plant expansion, the addition of a training center, and equipment upgrades over the years.

Skip Woodall, who succeeded his father as CEO, and Skip’s brother Blake Woodall, Vice President, now oversee a company that processes thousands of orders distributed to all 50 states and Canada each year.

“Our focus is on one thing: manufacturing the best range hoods in America,” said Woodall. “We count on an incredible team, and we take great pride in providing jobs to fantastic employees and superior appliances to happy customers. You don’t find those relationships everyday in the business world, but you find them at Vent-A-Hood.”

Capping a strong 2012 that saw record-setting months for sales, the company projects a strong anniversary year ahead in spite of the economy.  “We’ve seen this country go through booms and busts, and we’ve always stayed focused on our mission,” said Woodall. "That longevity is not only for the history books. It’s for the future."
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