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Fred Carl goes small with latest venture

By JACK WEATHERLY It is a market he helped to create. Appointed by then-Gov. Haley Barbour as housing commissioner for Gulf Coast rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Fred Carl Jr. oversaw the designing and building of cottages in a traditional style as a better alternative to trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Association. The so-called Katrina cottages contributed ...

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Viking owner agrees to pay $4.65 million civil penalty over faulty stoves

By JACK WEATHERLY Viking Range LLC and Middleby Corp. have agreed to pay a $4.65 million civil penalty in connection with faulty gas cook stoves made by Viking between 2008 and 2014.  Elgin, Ill.-based Middleby bought  Greenwood-based Viking Range Corp. in 2013 for $380 million. In that period, the manufacturer received 170 reports of stoves starting on their own and ...

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Travel group picks Greenwood for meeting

MBJ staff Travel South USA has chosen Greenwood for one of the organization’s three annual board of directors meetings. Scheduled to occur Aug. 8-10, Greenwood joins Branson, Mo., and Charleston, S.C., as 2017 host cities. Headquartered in Atlanta, Travel South USA is the official regional destination marketing organization for the Southeast. “Greenwood allows visitors from around the world to have ...

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Viking continues to struggle since purchase by Middleby

By JACK WEATHERLY  Things were going to be better for the Viking Range Corp., founder and Chief Executive Fred Carl announced in a long email to employees on Dec. 31, 2012. He referred to “the past four rough years” for the company. By the end of 2012, employment had been nearly halved from a pre-recession peak of 1,200 due to ...

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HE’S BACK — Fred Carl aims for the high-end market with modular homes

By JACK WEATHERLY  Fred E. Carl Jr. is emerging from his Viking Range years with a new venture, C3 Design. The company will build modular homes that are not what one might think of as “prefab” houses. It aims instead for the same high-end market that Viking dominated. Carl’s ventures are coming full circle. The first was homebuilding, a continuation ...

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Saving Par: It’s OK to admit you need a professional

Don’t be too proud to take a golf lesson. I’m not! That’s what Jack Nicklaus said years ago. And with a total of 118 tournament wins around the world including 18 majors, I say we should all trust him. Whether you’re an expert or thinking about swinging a golf club for the first time, instruction should be a part of ...

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Q&A: John Currence

In addition to being a PGA TOUR event, the Viking Classic is also a culinary extravaganza. Wrapping up the fun in this year’s Viking Culinary Tent will be chef John Currence, owner of City Grocery restaurant in Oxford. Currence was named Best Chef in 2009 by the James Beard Foundation and was recently a contestant on “Top Chef Masters” on ...

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Bruno cooking at The Palette

The Mississippi Museum of Art announced Luis Bruno as the new executive chef of The Palette Café by Viking, which is located in the museum. Bruno is a native of Bronx, N.Y., and as a boy, left home at age 13 to work in his brother’s pizzeria in upstate New York. In 1993, he moved to Florida to earn a ...

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Get on the social media train … or get left behind

Following a meeting at the Facebook headquarters in California, Joe Stradinger sat down at his computer and implemented a new feature called Facebook Stories to the Viking Range fan page. Following a meeting at the Facebook headquarters in California, Joe Stradinger sat down at his computer and made a small change to Viking’s use of feature called Facebook Stories. Four ...

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Volunteers make tourney go

There are 1,200 volunteers whose work at the Viking at Madison’s Annandale Golf Club is done almost exclusively behind the scenes During the Pro-Am that preceded the 2004 Southern Farm Bureau Classic, Derrel Palmer was serving as a walking scorer for the group that included Fred Funk. Several holes in, Palmer sought out a bench adjacent to the tee box ...

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