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Magic Chef

Magic Chef, Inc. (formerly the American Stove Company) is an appliance brand currently owned by CNA International Inc.

Contents

  • St. Louis origins 1
  • American Stove Company and the Magic Chef brand name 2
  • Sales and spread 3
  • External links 4

St. Louis origins

In the 1850s John Ringen, a corporations, the Ringen Stove Company and the Quick Meal Stove Company.

American Stove Company and the Magic Chef brand name

Quick Meal manufactured the stoves with Ringen Stove handling the entire output of Quick Meal's production. The phenomenal growth of these two companies during the 1880s and 1890s led to the merger of eight other stove companies in St. Louis, Chicago and Cleveland in 1901 to form the American Stove Company. American Stove introduced the first oven temperature control device in 1914, and in 1929 began using the brand name Magic Chef. The Magic Chef name was so successful as an oven and stove brand that American Stove Company changed its name to Magic Chef, Inc. in 1951. The company remained well known for its gas stoves, but attempts to spread the brand to other household appliances were unsuccessful.

Sales and spread

In 1957, it was merged with the Food Giant Markets of California. In 1958, it was sold to Dixie Products, a small stove company of Cleveland, Tennessee. Magic Chef also made home furnaces and that operation was sold to Lennox International. By 1986, the company had become the 249th largest industrial company in the nation and it was sold to Maytag.

Whirlpool Corporation acquired Maytag Corporation in 2006, however Magic Chef has been spun out to CNA International Inc./MC Appliance Corporation which imports and markets small appliances under several brand names.

External links

  • MC Appliance Corporation
  • American Stove Company/Magic Chef in New York-mid 20th century
  • Charles Stockstrom's mansion a St. Louis city landmark
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