Viking Range Corporation was founded by Fred Carl, Jr., a fourth generation building contractor, as a speculative venture aimed at developing the first commercial-type range specifically designed, engineered and certified for home use.
In 1981 and 1982, while operating his design & build construction company, he used any spare time he had to prepare conceptual drawings and developed detailed specifications which eliminated all the shortcomings of a commercial range for home use while including all of their advantages. High performance cooking, large capacity, heavy duty construction and professional styling were all key elements of his design.
In preparation for taking his product to market, Carl then began establishing the business structure of the venture. In late 1983, with the assistance of a local advertising agency, he named the new company and its products "Viking". The challenge of pioneering and developing the very first commercial-type range for the home had officially begun.