Vent-A-Hood, Texas Distributor Receive Honors

Vent-A-Hood, Texas Distributor Receive Honors

Richardson, TX Vent-A-Hood, a leading manufacturer of residential range hoods, and its sister company, Milestone Distributors, a high-end appliance distributor, have been named recipients of the 2003 "Texas Family Business of the Year Awards," the two companies announced.

The honor, given by the Institute for Family Business at Baylor University's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, was presented last month on Baylor's campus in Waco, TX. Both companies are owned by the Woodall family.

"It's a wonderful compliment to receive this award in the company of many fine and successful family businesses headquartered in our great state," said Miles Woodall III, president of Vent-A-Hood. "It's a testament to our company's perseverance and our family's determination to be the best in our industry for more than seven decades."

Vent-A-Hood and Milestone were judged the state winner in the category of medium-sized businesses. The 14th annual competition judges family firms for their products and services, reputation, succession planning and success.

Vent-A-Hood, celebrating the 70th anniversary of its original product, earned the first U.S. patent for an indoor range hood, and now manufactures a complete line of residential range hoods.

Vent-A-Hood, which recently announced record financial results, also said it plans to add an additional 50,000 sq. ft. of space to the company's existing 100,000-sq. ft. national headquarters and manufacturing plant here.

Milestone, a privately-held distribution company, had its beginnings in 1975. The company distributes appliances from Vent-A-Hood, Viking Range Corp., Marvel and AGA, in Texas and Oklahoma.