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May 2017

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MAY 2017 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 17 unique cooking habits, modules can supplement an existing cooktop or be placed in a different area of the kitchen to create a prep station. They also can be an ideal option for city kitchen designs, as well as a guest house or a bar area where space is limited and a full cooking surface may not be needed. JENN-AIR™ INDUCTION WOK MODULE This unique modular induction wok features a concave design to cradle a round-bottom wok. With an element that delivers up to 3,600 watts and the high efficiency of induction technology, it provides powerful and effective wok cooking. Additional features include pan detection and glass touch controls. JENN-AIR™ INDUCTION COOKTOP MODULE By converting the cookware into the heat source, induction technology offers fast, efficient and highly responsive cooking power. The Jenn-Air™ induction module features a flexible element to accommodate various sized cookware and glass touch elec- tronic controls. The cooktop and wok modules feature pan detection, which detects cookware before enabling an element, and automatically turns off the element 30 seconds after cookware is removed. The Jenn-Air round-bottom and flat bottom woks will be offered as accessories for the induction modules. JENN-AIR™ CHROME INFUSED ELECTRIC GRIDDLE MODULE Originally available on its Pro-Style ranges and range tops, this powerful, chrome infused griddle will soon be available as a 15" module. Its chrome infused surface combined with 1,800 watts allows for faster cooking while radiating less heat in the kitchen. In addition to its durability, the chrome surface is easy to clean and maintains its sleek, shiny appearance. A white LED backlit knob indicates when the griddle is on. JENN-AIR 2-BURNER GAS COOKTOP MODULE This 2-burner modular gas cooktop features two elegant brass 15,000 BTU burners, including a dual-stacked PowerBurner that provides two levels of flame to handle a range of cooking methods, from high-powered searing and boiling to gentle simmering. JENN-AIR™ SINGLE-BURNER GAS COOKTOP WITH WOK RING MODULE Featuring the most powerful BTU output offered by Jenn-Air, the 20,000 BTU commercial-style, dual ring burner on this module can sear, create a rapid boil or achieve high heat for wok cooking while also achieving an ultra-low 700 BTUs, gentle enough to melt chocolate or butter without scorching. An included wok ring fits securely on top of the grates to accommodate a wok. Both gas modules feature white LED backlit knobs to indicate when the burners are lit and elegant, removable brass burners for easy cleaning. JENN-AIR™ DOWNDRAFT VENT MODULE Featuring a sleek 4" width design, a 350 CFM blower capacity and tap-touch backlit controls, this downdraft vent works with any cooktop module to keep the air clear without interrupting kitchen sightlines. For those in spaces that preclude access to exterior venting, the vent is convertible to duct-free ventilation that uses a filter to efficiently capture smoke, grease and moisture. Suggested retail prices on the modules will be as follows: induction wok module, $2,799; induction cooktop module, $1,199; chrome infused griddle, $1,899; single burner gas cooktop with wok ring, $1,149; 2-burner gas cooktop, $899; and downdraft ventilation system, $2,799.* Please visit to learn more about the Jenn-Air ® appliance collection, or speak with a member of the concierge team. *Manufacturer's suggested retail price; retailer alone determines price. MIDEA EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE IN NORTH AMERICA TO MEET BUSINESS GROWTH GOALS Leading global manufacturer of air conditioners and home appliances opens new facilities for customer service, research and development and more Midea, the world's leading manufacturer of air conditioners and home appliances, announced that it has strengthened its physical presence in North America by expanding upon select existing locations and opening new facilities to support continued business growth in the region. Midea's North American locations include a customer service center, expanded corporate office spaces, and research and development facilities. This expansion further enhances Midea's unparalleled network of over 280 major product facilities and logistics centers worldwide. "Our physical expansion in North America is a testament to the continued business growth in this important market," says Jim Tomaszewski, president of Midea America. "Not only will these facilities give us the resources and tools we need to meet the fast- growing demand for high-quality products for the home in the U.S. and Canada, but they will also create more jobs in each location, which will help to boost the local economies." IMPROVED CUSTOMER SERVICE A brand new after sales and management office, which will be fully operational this spring, will be located in Miami, FL. The new office offers three times the amount of space as the previous location and will accommodate more customer service

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