Wind Crest by CNP Industries Inc.

Home appliance industry veterans Harold Piszczek and Steve Kirkley had heard the same thing for years from dealers and distributors: Someone needs to design an upscale range hood to fill the niche between the expensive European imports and top-of-the-line U.S. products. In 1995, after their own analysis of the domestic kitchen ventilation market, Piszczek and Kirkley introduced the Wind Crest™ line of high quality overhead ventilation systems at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in New Orleans. The range hoods received an excellent reception and began shipping in July of the same year. Incorporated as CNP Industries Inc., the company is dedicated to the design and development of unique, professional-level cooking products of the highest quality and craftsmanship. Located in Brea, Calif., CNP Industries' vision is to provide a complete line of products for the home that will enhance and complement the culinary lifestyle of the most discriminating individuals.Piszczek's and Kirkley's more than 60 years combined experience at high profile companies such as General Electric, Singer and Thermador have proven a winning combination. Expertise in operations management, product design, product planning, manufacturing, quality assurance and marketing have provided the management base for the company, as well as the science behind the Wind Crest line.In 1997, CNP Industries continued its winning streak by expanding its line to include the unique Wind Crest Electric Cooktop. Introduced at KBIS, the electric cooktop won Kitchen and Bath magazine's “Cooking Appliance of the Year” award. An innovative Wind Crest Dual Fuel Gas Cooktop was introduced in 1999. In January 2003, the company shipped the industry's first 30-inch Drop-in Gas Cooktop with five-burner system. In 2005, with the addition of industry veteran Rose Dickson as vice president of sales and marketing, Wind Crest's focus will be to round out their cooking products, as well as expand their distribution in North America.For more information on CNP Industries, Inc. and its Wind Crest line of ventilation systems and electric, gas and induction cooktops, please visit

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