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Founded by William E. Cranston in 1916, Thermador began as a manufacturer of electric items, most notably portable and built-in heaters.  By 1932, Thermador had established itself as a high-quality appliance manufacturer.  In 1947, Cranston and engineer Fred Pence invented the first built-in wall oven and cooktop, and introduced stainless steel to home appliances.  Cranston was inducted into the National Kitchen & Bath Association Hall of Fame in 1989, and credited with launching the kitchen design industry.

Today, Thermador's history of redefining the modern kitchen speaks for itself.  From introducing the first built-in wall oven over 50 years ago to redefining gas cooktops with their patented Star® Burner, their thinking breaks both convention and performance limits.  Their history of innovation also includes the first downdraft ventilation, first sealed electric cooktop and first Speedcooking oven.  But they are not defined by innovation for innovation's sake.  Their handcrafted appliances and their every feature and control are designed to make cooking easier, better and more rewarding.