Ventahood Three Generations of Commitment To Excellence
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Back in the day Blake Woodall can still remember the Sunday afternoon drives to the family business.
Back then, the journey from the Woodall home in Preston Hollow to the Vent-A-Hood manufacturing facility in Richardson seemed endless amid the acres of undeveloped land.
“I remember coming out here and all there was, was Texas Instruments, Vent-A-Hood and Collins Radio behind us,” Blake Woodall said. “Basically that’s all that was out here. The rest of this was just a bunch of fields.”
More than 50 years later, America’s oldest manufacturer of residential range hoods now sits in the middle of Richardson’s central business district, with room for growth. The neighboring Arapaho Center DART station, which sits on land previously owned by the Woodalls, gives it a connection to the rest of the Dallas area.
The third-generation, family-owned company has longstanding roots with the Dallas area, tracing its history back 80 years to when Blake Woodall’s grand-uncle, Carr P. Collins, invested $10,000 in the idea of a range hood.
In 1937, Vent-A-Hood patented its first residential range hood. Shortly after, Collins, who was also founder of Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company, asked his nephew, Miles Woodall Jr., to manage the company.
Miles Woodall Jr. passed the company to his sons when he retired in the mid-1990s. Blake Woodall serves as the company’s vice president along with his brother, Miles Woodall III, who is CEO, and two of their other brothers who also serve on the executive committee.
Founded in 1933, Vent-A-Hood® Limited is a shining example of the entrepreneurial spirit. In 1937, Carr P. Collins, Sr., a Dallas financier and founder of Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company, financed this family-owned company. Miles Woodall, Jr., nephew of Collins, was recruited in 1938 to manage the company. Today, his son, Miles Woodall III, is CEO of the company. The company moved to Richardson in 1961.
Vent-A-Hood® was the first manufacturer of home cooking ventilation and range hoods. The first range hoods were manufactured in a house with a dirt floor in Dallas, and then sold door-to-door.
The owners would literally go out and make a sale, then return to the shop to make the hood for the customer. The primary ingredient in the success of kitchen exhaust hoods is Vent-A-Hood®’s uniquely designed, fire safe, “Magic Lung®” blower system. Throughout the years, hoods have been improved, but the original concept is central to the design and remains unequalled in the field of ventilation.
Vent-A-Hood® has developed an excellent reputation throughout the ventilation industry by offering a top quality “in stock” range hood, as well as handmade craftsmanship in their “custom” hood series. Each ventilation system manufactured by Vent-A-Hood® is individually engineered for performance in addition to style. Company longevity and product quality have given the name Vent-A-Hood® instant product recognition.
Currently housed in a modern manufacturing facility,
Vent-A-Hood® employs a highly skilled workforce to achieve quality craftsmanship. A national as well as an international marketing program includes an impressive roster of distributors, many of which are second generation. Vent-A-Hood® products are sold in all fifty states, as well as Canada.
"Vent-A-Hood® has experienced steady and consistent growth throughout its history and continues to have excellent growth potential. In 2005 it enlarged its manufacturing space 50% to keep up with range hood demand. The company looks forward to a bright future.”
—Excerpted from Historic Richardson: An Illustrated History, Historical Publishing Network, 2001.
Article by Appliance Reports
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