Viking Range Acquired by Middleby Corporation

January 04, 2013

Fred Carl, Jr., founder, president and CEO of Viking Range Corporation, announced that Viking has been acquired by Middleby Corp., of Elgin, IL.

Viking, based in Greenwood, MI, joins Middleby, a producer of commercial cooking and food processing and packaging equipment for the foodservice industry. With more than 30 brands, Middleby manufacturers, sells, distributes and services its products worldwide.

“I am excited about the future of Viking as it becomes a part of the Middleby Corporation,” said Carl. “I have always had a great deal of respect for Middleby, a company I’ve known well over the years, and very much look forward to becoming affiliated with an organization that has such a strong and impressive track record. We are looking forward to launching a new product line in 2013 and excited about the great R&D and innovation Middleby brings to the Viking brand, including their truvection, induction and speed cooking technologies.”

“We are delighted to add Viking Range Corporation to our portfolio of highly respected companies,” said Selim A. Bassoul, chairman and CEO of The Middleby Corp. “As our entry into the residential appliance industry, we see many synergies and growth opportunities between Viking and our existing business units.  We hope to aggressively grow and expand the Viking brand and add to their product offerings for the residential market.”

Viking will remain headquartered in Greenwood and will maintain its current operations there. “It is our intent to help Fred and his team to continue to grow Viking right there in Mississippi where it’s been since he started the company,” said Bassoul.

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