Month: January 2013

The Vent-A-Hood History Vault

Each month throughout 2013, we will be opening up our history vault, as a look back through our 80 year history. So, be on the look out, for our new blog series each month.


80th Anniversary Press Release

RICHARDSON, Texas – (January 10, 2013) – Vent-A-Hood, the company that created the modern residential range hood, is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

 “This is a monumental year for Vent-A-Hood and a fantastic tribute to the perseverance of manufacturing in America,” said Miles “Skip” Woodall III, CEO of Vent-A-Hood.

A Made In America success story, Vent-A-Hood is a third-generation family-owned business that began in 1933 when Carr P. Collins launched an entrepreneurial idea to bring indoor cooking ventilation to the masses across North America. The range hood was a novel idea at the time, but Vent-A-Hood would soon make it a mainstay in modern home construction and introduce a whole new appliance to the kitchen industry.

Collins, a Dallas philanthropist and founder of Fidelity Union Life Insurance Company, financed the new business and recruited his nephew, Miles Woodall, Jr. to manage Vent-A-Hood in 1938.

The company prospered with representatives going door-to-door to educate consumers about the product and drive sales. With each new order, the product was then manufactured by hand at a warehouse in Dallas and delivered and installed.

At the heart of Vent-A-Hood’s success was a patented centrifugal blower, called the Magic Lung, which earned the company several U.S. patents, appliance awards and legendary customer praise over the decades that continues to this day.

“It was viewed as a luxury in the early years to have a range hood,” recalls Skip Woodall. “Photos of Hollywood actors like Rock Hudson and Doris Day, standing in their kitchens by their Vent-A-Hood, still adorn our company walls.”

After outgrowing its fourth manufacturing plant in Dallas, Vent-A-Hood relocated operations ‘to the country’ in 1962 and built a state-of-the-art facility in Richardson, Texas. Today, on priceless land at the center of a thriving Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Vent-A-Hood headquarters has seen plant expansion, the addition of a training center, and countless equipment upgrades over the years to remain a leader of the indoor cooking ventilation industry.

Skip Woodall, who succeeded his father as CEO, and Skip’s brother Blake Woodall, vice president, now oversee a company that processes thousands of orders distributed to all 50 states and Canada each year.

And while much of the manufacturing process at Vent-A-Hood is automated, the company still boasts veteran tradesmen in the custom division who manufacture hoods, such as one-of-a-kind copper canopies, completely by hand.

Like the three generations that have owned and operated the business, the larger Vent-A-Hood family includes employees who have stayed with the company for more than 20 and 30 years. They are honored in the Vent-A-Hood Hall of Fame, with names adorning a crowded series of plaques on the walls of the manufacturing plant.

“Our focus is on one thing: manufacturing the best range hoods in America,” said Woodall. “We count on an incredible team, and we take great pride in providing jobs to fantastic employees and superior appliances to happy customers. You don’t find those relationships everyday in the business world, but you find them at Vent-A-Hood.”

Capping a strong 2012 that saw record-setting months for sales, the company projects a strong anniversary year ahead in spite of the economy. And it continues to revolutionize the way customers shop, design and order appliances, with interactive displays in design centers across North America and the popular success of its Build-A-Hood program on the Vent-A-Hood website.

“We’ve seen this country go through booms and busts, and we’ve always stayed focused on our mission,” Woodall said. “That longevity is not only for the history books. It’s for the future.”

About Vent-A-Hood:

Founded in 1933, Vent-A-Hood, based in Richardson, Texas, is the oldest manufacturer of residential range hoods in America. Each product manufactured by Vent-A-Hood is individually engineered for performance in addition to style. Vent-A-Hood products are sold in all 50 states as well as Canada. For more information, please visit You can also follow Vent-A-Hood on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Vent-A-Hood’s 80th Anniversary

January 2, 2013

As Vent-A-Hood welcomes its 80th year of business, CEO Wm. Miles Woodall III reflects on the company’s monumental achievements as a family-owned business success story, the brand’s entrepreneurial place in the history of manufacturing in America, and the strong future ahead…

“An Anniversary Reflection”

For 80 years, Vent-A-Hood employees have contributed their unique skills to manufacture a product that consumers recognize for style, quality and performance.  Throughout that span of time, kitchen trends have come and gone, but we remain focused on our commitment to excellence.  Vent-A-Hood is proud of our “made in America” reputation and know that our firm’s founder, Carr P. Collins and his nephew, Miles Woodall, Jr. would approve of this decision.

As we look to the future, our team will focus on what has made us successful over the past eight decades.  Our goal is to produce innovative new designs with the creative use of finishes and materials while maintaining our high standards of construction.  We appreciate our customers and will continue to provide them with the most stylish and functional ventilation available on the market today.

Wm. Miles Woodall III