Fred Carl, creator of the Viking range, was a home designer and builder in Greenwood, Mississippi who saw a need. Because of his day-to-day involvement with home owners, he discovered a call for a commercial range for home use. He spoke with commercial manufactures and discovered they had no interest in adapting their ranges to fit a home environment, so Fred decided to design and build one himself - the first Viking range was shipped in 1987.
Fred Carl decided early on that Viking would only ever build heavy duty, high performance ranges. Come what may, quality was never to be compromised. To this day, Viking products remain almost entirely manufactured in Greenwood, Mississippi. Since the 1980s, Viking has gone on to expand their high-end offerings to include, refrigerators, freezers, cooktops, stove/ranges, wall ovens, dishwashers, compactors, BBQs, and ventilation systems.