Viking, the kitchen appliance company, was first known for its famous range. In the 1980s, founder Fred Carl, Jr. wanted a large professional-sized oven suitable for the home. After no luck finding one, he developed one, creating a product that revolutionized home cooking. Today Viking has three manufacturing plants in Greenwood, Mississippi and produces not only ranges, but also refrigerators, outdoor products, dishwashers, ventilation systems and even wine cellars. By keeping manufacturing in Greenwood, Viking has helped to rebuild the city and currently employs more than 1,000 of the small town’s residents.