Celebrating 140 Years of Handcrafted Quality in Pennsylvania

At BlueStar, we are proud to be celebrating our 140th birthday this year.  Since 1880, our parent company, Prizer-Painter Stove Works, has been proudly manufacturing quality, customized products in our factory in the Reading, Pennsylvania area.

We are excited to take a trip down memory lane to celebrate our company’s 140 year history of handcrafted products in the USA.

Video announcing BlueStar's 140 anniversary celebration

A History of Quality:

In 1880, Prizer-Painter Stove Works began manufacturing a full line of residential and commercial coal ranges, hot water heaters, furnaces and heating stoves in Reading, PA.  The handcrafted products were sold under many of the popular brands of the day, and many of these models are still in service across America. In the 1950s Prizer also produced a full line porcelain enamel cookware under that brand name Prizerware.

Vintage Prizer Stoveworks freestanding range

In 2002, Prizer introduced handcrafted, restaurant quality ranges for the residential market under the BlueStar brand name.  Constructed of the highest quality commercial grade stainless steel and featuring the unparalleled high heat open burners, BlueStar ranges delivered true restaurant performance to the home chef.

Since 2002, BlueStar has continued to strengthen its reputation as the top manufacturer of high performance cooking appliances for the serious home chef.  The company has rapidly expanded the product line to include wall ovens, cooktops, rangetops, and custom ventilation.  In 2008, BlueStar began offering its products in 190 designer color options and then in 2009 added metal trims for a bespoke experience.

In 2016, BlueStar announced the launch of the premium built in refrigeration product line.  Designed to pair perfectly with BlueStar cooking appliances, this new line of commercial-grade, built-in  refrigeration allows home chefs to entertain seamlessly – and the line can be color coordinated with BlueStar cooking and ventilation products for a complete custom kitchen.

BlueStar Today: Tradition, Quality and Commitment to American Manufacturing 

Today, BlueStar is proud to handcraft a full line of kitchen appliances including ranges, ovens, vent hoods and refrigerators in its Pennsylvania factory.  We are proud to be the brand of choice for the home kitchens of such celebrated chefs like Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Paul Kahan and Jose Garces among many others. Using the finest, commercial grade materials, our skilled American workers produce custom kitchen appliances by hand.  The result: one-of-a-kind appliances that are built to last for decades.  We are proud to support our country’s long standing tradition of high quality manufacturing.

Anniversary Range:

To help celebrate our milestone birthday, we are excited to announce a limited edition 140 year Anniversary Series Range, featuring a custom Heritage Blue color and commemorative star logo with special 140 year anniversary inscription.  The Platinum Anniversary ranges will be available from July 1 to December 31st 2020 and offer customers an added value of up $2,640.  Our top-selling Platinum Range Series features searing 25,000 BTU burners, an interchangeable griddle and charbroiler system and an oversized PowR oven that fits commercial-size sheet pans.

Platinum Series Range, featuring a custom Heritage Blue color and commemorative star logo with special 140 year anniversary inscription