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Prizer Works Acquires Premium Kitchen Hood Ventilation Company ABBAKA

July 10, 2017

Blandon, PA, July 10 – Prizer Works, owner of BlueStar®, manufacturer of high-performance appliances for the home, and Prizer Hoods®, a line of professionally-inspired luxury kitchen hoods, today announced it has agreed to acquire ABBAKA, a leading manufacturer of handcrafted, custom range hoods.

Founded by Vibeke and Frank Paone, the Sonoma California-based ABBAKA has been designing and manufacturing American-handmade luxury kitchen hoods since 1980 and is a trusted industry leader.

“ABBAKA has been delivering innovative products to the luxury home ventilation market for more than 30 years,” said Eliza Sheffield, president, BlueStar®. “We welcome ABBAKA into the Prizer family and look forward to working with Vibeke and Frank to leverage their expertise in the market and drive increased growth.”

The ABBAKA brand will remain intact, retaining its name and the leadership of its founders during the transition, who will focus on driving national growth for the brand. “We are excited to join forces with the team at Prizer.  We expect that, under the Prizer umbrella, ABBAKA will continue to flourish and meet the needs of our consumers, kitchen designers and our retail partners,” said Vibeke Paone.

ABBAKA shares Prizer’s commitment to handcrafted products, combining the most technologically advanced U.S. built ventilation systems with cutting-edge hood design and industry-renowned quiet operation. Each hood is hand-built by master craftsmen, and ABBAKA is known for its complete custom design engineering, from concept to manufactured hood. The ABBAKA Original, introduced in 1981, created the market for euro-style kitchen range hoods and copper range hoods.  ABBAKA has continued to lead with new designs and finishes to adapt to ever changing trends and tastes. “Aesthetics and performance are of equal value and importance. We believe that a hood should be more than an appliance, that it is an integral part of the kitchen design,” said Frank Paone.

For more than 130 years, Prizer has built a heritage of craftsmanship. In 2002 Prizer introduced high-performance ranges to the residential market under the BlueStar® name as well as a line of custom kitchen ventilation under the name Prizer Hoods in 2013.  Today, the Pennsylvania-based manufacturer specializes in handcrafted gas ranges, gas and induction cooktops, electric and gas wall ovens, kitchen ventilation hoods, and premium built-in refrigeration.

“The ABBAKA acquisition offers a valuable stepping stone in our journey to deliver best-in-class consumer experiences through high-performance, U.S. handcrafted appliances,” said Sheffield.

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