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84th Anniversary Celebration

Vent-A-Hood welcomed former First Lady Laura Bush as keynote speaker for 84th anniversary celebration

On Friday, May 5, 2017, Vent-A-Hood celebrated its 84th anniversary with an all-day event filled with plant tours, Texas barbecue and live entertainment. Following the National Distributor Meeting on May 4, the celebration with longstanding distributors, retailers and suppliers kicked off with an early morning breakfast and a special keynote presentation from Former First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush.

Mrs. Bush spoke about her “family business” and life in politics, life as a grandmother and her new focus with husband and former President, overseeing The George W. Bush Institute at The George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, TX. She reiterated that freedom is the main focus of the institute’s initiatives and spoke on the theme of a free enterprise system – a founding principle of businesses in America, such as Vent-A-Hood.

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Introducing the V-Line Display Stand

Vent-A-Hood debuts new V-Line display stand for showrooms

Vent-A-Hood’s V-Line range hoods feature the premium Power Lung blower, bringing luxury high performance to the value kitchen ventilation category. The V-Line delivers performance at a competitive price point for entry-level and middle market consumers.

The new display stand will house one chimney model at the top, two under cabinet hoods in the middle, and an inverted insert at the bottom. Contact your local Vent-A-Hood distributor for more information on how to order a V-Line display.

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Vent-A-Hood Commitment to Excellence Video

Vent-A-Hood celebrates 84-years of manufacturing excellence with “Commitment to Excellence” video

“Grease is the Enemy, Vent-A-Hood is the solution,” says President and CEO Skip Woodall at the beginning of the new video, which celebrates Vent-A-Hood’s 84th anniversary. Skip along with Executive Vice President Blake Woodall and Regional Sales Director Bill Woodall speak about the values, culture and dedication to manufacturing excellence in America that has been passed down from generation to generation to keep Vent-A-Hood in a class by itself.

Highlights from the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

Vent-A-Hood exhibited last month at the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando

kbis-1-image-380212928Vent-A-Hood showcased its one-of-a-kind 3D experience at the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Attendees were invited to the Vent-A-Hood booth to build the range hood of their dreams, using the company’s proprietary 3D Build-A-Hood program. Consumers can choose widths, CFM, ceiling heights, finishes, and decorative treatments for the entire Vent-A-Hood product line.

Vent-A-Hood also debuted a new model and a new emphasis on V Line hoods, featuring the exclusive Power Lung blower, which offers filterless grease extraction through the use of active canopy engineering and a centrifugal blower wheel. V-Line is available in under cabinet, wall mount, and liner insert configurations with popular powder coated paint colors or stainless steel.

KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association [NKBA], is an inspiring interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for more than 50 years.
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Introducing the “Build-A-Hood” Video

Vent-A-Hood debuts a video on the new Build-A-Hood portal built on Autodesk Configurator 360

Vent-A-Hood has unveiled a tutorial video showing the capabilities of the Build-A-Hood portal and how easy it is for consumers to design the hood of their dreams. Consumers can choose widths, CFM, ceiling heights, finishes, and decorative treatments for the entire Vent-A-Hood product line. Model numbers and prices update in real time based on every selection consumers make during their online designing experience. Consumers can download JPEG and PNG images from every angle of the 3D range hood. Dimensional drawings, which are useful for consumers focusing on kitchen redesign and planning, can be exported in PDF format to ensure proper placement, size, and design.

Ralph Eli Joins Vent-A-Hood’s Hall of Fame

Vent-A-Hood celebrates employee Ralph Eli’s 20th anniversary

In December, Vent-A-Hood celebrated employee Ralph Eli’s 20th anniversary and induction into the Vent-A-Hood Hall of Fame. The occasion included a ceremony at corporate headquarters and CEO Skip Woodall presenting him with a ring and a name on the esteemed Hall of Fame plaque. Eli is the latest inductee into a growing club that has come to represent the dedication and loyalty of an incredible workforce for the Vent-A-Hood manufacturing family. As a proud Made In America institution, the company continues to pride itself on the long-standing jobs that have attracted and kept the best skilled workforce in the industry.

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New Ads Highlight Uncompromising Dedication to Ventilation

Vent-A-Hood rolls out a new ad campaign in 2017

Vent-A-Hood rolls out a new ad campaign for 2017. The campaign’s theme is “Uncompromising,” with the first ad recently appearing in Retail Observer. The ads highlight Vent-A-Hood’s uncompromising dedication to kitchen ventilation, which drives the company to constantly improve and innovate. Be on the lookout for ads in the nation’s best industry trades where each ad highlights a different aspect of Vent-A-Hood products that continue to make the brand a leader in cooking ventilation.

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A Look into the C-Suite: Insight into Vent-A-Hood from CEO Miles “Skip” Woodall III

With roots in North Texas for more than 80 years, it has always been important for Vent-A-Hood to get involved in the community around them. Whether it is attending a benefit or giving back to a local charity, this family-owned company strives to help the community feel like part of the team.

This month, Vent-A-Hood CEO Miles (Skip) Woodall III participated in an “Ask the C-Suite” panel hosted by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. This event was a chance for local business professionals to get exclusive insights on how executives run their companies and adapt to changes for future business success. In addition to Vent-A-Hood, other participants on this panel included: George Brody, CEO GlobeRanger, a Fujitsu company; and Doug Moore, COO, Fujitsu Network Communications.

After learning more details about the business background of each executive, the mediator turned the conversation to how each company keeps their products and services relevant in today’s market, how the businesses adapt to changes in the market, and how new generations entering the workforce impact decisions made by the company.

Vent-A-Hood & Its Range Hood Manufacturing Legacy

With 47 years of experience, working at different levels within the Vent-A-Hood business, Skip shared his family upbringing in the business and Vent-A-Hood’s proven success at creating top-quality range hoods for decades. As the original range hood manufacturer, Vent-A-Hood has built a manufacturing legacy and loyal customer base in the kitchen appliance industry, enabling the organization to keep pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation.

Still, in an era where technology and innovation drive consumers to upgrade other products with repetition and great expense, Skip humorously admitted, “I’m not a very good American. I make products that last 50 years.” Which, of course, is also how Vent-A-Hood has built a legendary Made-in-the-USA reputation as well. “The one thing we don’t do is we don’t compromise. We don’t cut corners,” he said.

Skip has also mastered the art of keeping his three most important audiences top of mind. “Over the years, I have learned that success is about balance, which is the most difficult thing,” he said. “You have to create a process that gives customers the products they want, create high quality products by hiring great people, and keep the investors happy.”

Design Kitchen Appliances with State-of-the-Art Technology

When asked about how the company has stayed relevant in this fast moving business world, Skip talked about how Vent-A-Hood is always striving towards the next breakthrough in range hood technology and design. He described Vent-A-Hood’s proven ability to focus on creating a kitchen appliance with state-of-the-art technology that can be customized to fit any interior design.

“I want to be the Steve Jobs of the range hood business,” Skip joked. “I want to develop products that can be modified for every budget and every homeowner’s needs.”

Skip made a point to emphasize that Vent-A-Hood’s key to keeping relevant is to determine if change and industry pressure is worth it for the company. By choosing what trends to develop and what trends to leave alone, Vent-A-Hood has created a tough, but comprehensive training program and product line that puts the company ahead of any competitor.

“Moving into new areas of the kitchen appliance industry takes careful consideration about both the product and the company reputation,” Skip said.

The future of Vent-A-Hood in the High End Manufacturing Business

As the panel progressed the conversation turned to investing in the workforce and the future of each company.

“It is difficult to excel in a job at a high end manufacturing business. Every job takes a lot of craftsmanship and training, which does not leave a big pool of workers to select from,” Skip explained. “At Vent-A-Hood we recruit workers based on craftsmanship and skills, not necessarily education. And then we invest in each one with an extensive training process that can take several years to fully complete. We have a saying here: You either last 3 months at Vent-A-Hood or the rest of your life.” Although the future of the workforce is changing with the incorporation of machines to help with the process, Skip said his company still values workers who are willing to learn and evolve to Vent-A-Hood’s standard of craftsmanship.

“I don’t ever replace people with a machine. We make so much product, there’s always room for that talent. We pride ourselves in the quality of each product we create. Personalization is what we do. We want every kitchen to be unique and every customer to feel inspired,” Skip added. “Vent-A-Hood builds products that make it hard for competitors to duplicate. This allows us to give customers exactly what they want in their kitchen with the option to customize.”

The panel wrapped up with a quick Q&A session from the crowd and a round of applause for all the participants for the insights and inspirations they shared with community business leaders and entrepreneurs.

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For more information about Vent-A-Hood and our range hood designs, please visit us at Ventahood.com