In the 1850s, German immigrant, John Ringen, opened up a prosperous tin shop. Over the next 30 years, Ringen partnered with George Kahle and Kahle's brothers-in-law, Charles and Louis Stockstrom, to create two corporations that sold cooking stoves. The businesses were so successful that in 1901, the men had merged eight other companies together to form the American Stove Company. In 1929, the Magic Chef brand was introduced and became one of the most well-known oven manufacturers. In 1951, the company was renamed Magic Chef, Inc. to match its staple brand.
After a 1957 merger, the business was sold in 1986 to Maytag, which was later acquired by the Whirlpool Corporation in 2006. The MCA Corporation licensed the brand name in 1996 for its small appliances, compact refrigerators and microwaves. It later purchased the Magic Chef brand in 2010. MCA opted not to continue to manufacture and sell Magic Chef stoves. Therefore, people interested in purchasing a Magic Chef stove or parts can search online for available models sold via auctions, classified ads and antique dealers.Learn more about Ovens & Ranges