Fred E. Carl, Jr. is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Viking Range Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial-style kitchen appliances for the home. With the introduction of the first Viking range in 1987, Carl is credited with creating the popular professional category of domestic appliances, which later evolved into stainless steel becoming the dominant finish for high-end kitchen appliances.
Viking Range Corporation offers three complete lines of premium appliances including cooking, ventilation, kitchen clean-up and refrigeration, as well as various outdoor appliances. In addition to their "Professional" and less expensive "Designer" series, Viking's latest offering is their new "Commercial" line of kitchen appliances for use in restaurant and other commercial kitchens. Headquartered on historic Cotton Row in downtown Greenwood, Mississippi, Viking Range employs more than 1,000 people at four manufacturing facilities in Leflore County.