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Sanderson tourney is run like a business ‘with a heart’

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By JACK WEATHERLY The Sanderson Farms Championship pumps about $23 million a year into the economy of the Jackson area and the rest of Mississippi. In professional golf and business, those things don’t just happen. Such results take a lot of planning and execution. “It is truly full-time, year-round,” said Steve Jent, tournament executive director who has a five-person staff. ...

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A NEW ERA AT VIKING — Kitchen appliance veteran Kevin Brown to oversee Greenwood plant

As new president of Viking Ranges, Kevin Brown has his sights on new products and new markets.

By TED CARTER A kitchen appliances executive whose background includes working the assembly line at Oxford’s Whirlpool plant is the new head of revamped Viking Ranges in Greenwood. Kevin Brown, a University of Mississippi electrical engineering graduate who started with Viking in 2007, joined with a team of Middleby Corp. executives in 2013 to transform the products line of the ultra-premium ...

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Viking Range owner sues founder Carl, others for $100 million

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Viking Range Corp. founder Fred E. Carl Jr. and other former top officers of the Greenwood-based company have been sued for $100 million for allegedly not disclosing a design defect that caused the company’s stoves to turn on by themselves. Middleby Corp. of Elgin, Ill., which bought Viking Range in 2013 for $380 million, and Viking say ...

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Owner selects Viking leader from within

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Promoting from within has always been a way to build esprit de corps in the corporate world. But selecting Kevin Brown as president of Viking Range stands to double the positive effects. Brown will be responsible for the overall operations, sales and engineering initiatives at Greenwood-based Viking Range, according to a release from the Middleby Corp., which ...

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Viking Range – Best Places to Work 2014

SECOND PLACE WINNER OF MEGA-LARGE CATEGORY Producing the world’s most sought-after luxury kitchen appliances in Mississippi has earned Viking Range status as an American icon. After all, the Greenwood company’s success spawned The Alluvian Hotel and Spa and the famous Viking Range cooking schools. Founded by Fred Carl Jr. in the 1980s, Viking Range was sold to The Middleby Corporation ...

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Viking to make history at kitchen and bath show

GREENWOOD — Viking Range, LLC will unveil more new products at the 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) than ever before in company history. Viking will showcase more than 50 new, innovative products at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Feb. 4-6. “I have personally, along with the team at Viking, sought input from dealers, end users, engineers and builders ...

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Middleby CEO: Viking staying in Greenwood is ‘not negotiable’

Viking Range Corp. will focus on what made the company successful in the first place — building high-end kitchen appliances in Greenwood. That was the primary message Middleby Corp. CEO Selim Bassoul laid out during a press conference one day after 20 percent of Viking’s workforce was terminated. Of the layoffs, half were in Greenwood. Despite that, Bassoul said Viking ...

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Read February 8 issue of MBJ

>> C SPIRE TURNS 25 From bag phones to 4G, C Spire leading the wireless way — by Stephen McDill Also in this week’s paper: >> VIKING RANGE Life goes on after massive layoffs, Middleby CEO wants Greenwood to keep it— by Clay Chandler >> MBJ ANALYSIS Businessman with unfinished Mississippi projects now promising $1B steel plant for Arkansas— by ...

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CEO Fred Carl resigns as Viking empire crumbles

Viking CEO Fred Carl has resigned from the company he built as Middleby Corp. confirmed Thursday afternoon that it had laid off earlier in the day 20 percent of Viking Range’s 700 employees. Middleby spokesperson Darcy Bretz said in an email to the Mississippi Business Journal that the cuts were made “across the Viking enterprise.” She said half the layoffs were ...

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