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What is a caloric appliance?

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Caloric is a newly revived brand of appliances that emerged from the Caloric Company, which was founded in Philadelphia in 1883. The brand temporarily ceased manufacture when it was acquired by JMM Lee Properties in 2011. In 2012, the brand was reintroduced.

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When Caloric appliances were first introduced, the Caloric Company was a subsidiary of another company called Klein Stove Company. Although the Caloric Company had been manufacturing products since the late 19th century, Caloric was introduced as an exclusive brand until the early 20th century. In the 1940s, it assumed the new name Caloric Stove Company and reached the pinnacle of its popularity in the mid-20th century with a line of coordinated kitchen appliances targeted to an affluent customer base. In the late 1960s, the company was acquired by Raytheon. Raytheon eventually merged the Caloric brand with another popular appliance brand that the company owned, Amana. Eventually, Raytheon sold the Caloric brand to Whirlpool (then Maytag) and Whirlpool eventually sold it to its current owner JMM Lee Properties. The JMM Lee Properties re-introduction of the Caloric brand has, thus far, been limited to a line of stoves. The company intends to expand the line, however, to include other large as well as countertop appliances.

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