In 1943, Westye F. Bakke built the
first freestanding freezer in the basement of his Madison, WI, home. A
businessman with a keen ability to anticipate post-World War II refrigeration
trends, he founded Sub-Zero Freezer Company just two years later in an old
two-car garage. From its modest beginnings, Sub-Zero has become what it is
today: the recognized leading manufacturer of premium built-in home
Since its founding, Sub-Zero has pioneered quality products that meet its
customers' needs. In the mid-1950s, for example, the company developed the
built-in refrigerator—a unit that changed the future of kitchen design by
fitting within surrounding counter and cabinet space. Over time, the company has
refined its early concept and has brought to market a comprehensive line of
built-in models, including the most recent state-of-the-art 400 Series of wine
storage equipment, the 200 Series of undercounter models, the design-flexible
600 Series, and the integrated 700 Series.
Unique to Sub-Zero and indicative of the company's innovative engineering is
its dual refrigeration system, which relies on two separate, self-contained
cooling systems to keep fresh food fresher and preserve frozen food longer.
Sub-Zero is the only refrigeration company to offer dual refrigeration.
For more than 55 years, Sub-Zero has offered innovative, aesthetically
appealing and technologically advanced solutions to meet virtually any home
refrigeration need. Through foresight and responsiveness, the company has earned
its position as an industry leader—a position Sub-Zero intends to maintain well
into the new millennium.