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Wolf Wins Good Design™ Awards

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum Recognizes Wolf's Dual Fuel Range and Electric Cooktop with Awards

Madison, WI (April 2, 2004) - Wolf Appliance Company, a leading manufacturer of luxury cooking appliances, is the recipient of two prestigious 2003 GOOD DESIGN™ awards from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design-one for its dual fuel range and another for its electric cooktop.

"We are honored to be recognized by the Athenaeum through its distinguished international competition," said Jim Bakke, president and chief executive officer for Wolf Appliance Company. "The Wolf dual fuel range affirms our commitment to developing innovative products that provide the latest cooking technology in a single multipurpose appliance, while the electric cooktop continues our tradition of industry leadership in performance and form."

Combining the best of both cooking worlds-a gas cooktop and an electric oven-the stainless steel range is available in four sizes: 30" and 36" single ovens and 48" and 60" double ovens. Wolf unveiled the company's first dual fuel range at retail showrooms in 2003.

The electric oven features Wolf's exclusive dual convection system that delivers even temperature and airflow throughout the range. Two convection fans and four heating elements provide user convenience and superior control over eight different cooking modes, including bake, roast, broil, convection bake, convection roast, convection broil, convection and bake stone. Microprocessors govern the eight cooking modes to make the dual fuel range a true precision instrument. The homeowner can easily set all eight cooking modes and temperatures from the single, coaxial control knob that mirrors Wolf's classic red controls. As part of the knob, Wolf also designed an ergonomic digital temperature readout to be easily viewed while cooking.

The patented dual-stacked burner design, unique to Wolf's gas cooktops, uses the upper-level burner for maximum heat transfer and the lower-level burner for simmering and melting. The burners deliver up to 15,000 BTUs. A unique feature is the oven's all-glass electronic control panel which is hidden to create a clean, minimalist look when not in use. When ready to cook, the control panel flips into position for easy use.

Wolf's electric cooktop provides high-performance and better control of cooking surface temperatures in a sophisticated exterior. A single touch activates any setting, from super-low heat for melting and simmering to highest searing heat-up to 2,700 watts of power-offering as much control as a gas cooktop. The smooth, subtly patterned glass surface reduces visible scratches. The 36-inch cooktop contains a 12-inch diameter triple heating element with concentric rings that give the homeowner exceptional control of temperature for pans and pots of all sizes.

The GOOD DESIGN™ program was established in 1950 by Earl J. Kaufmann, Jr., and is the oldest and one of the most renowned design competitions worldwide that recognizes designers and manufacturers for advancing new and innovative product concepts. The Museum received hundreds of submissions ranging from an airplane to a paperclip for this year's program. The GOOD DESIGN™ winners will be on exhibit at the museum from April 3 through July 31, 2004, and online at www.chi-athenaeum.org.

Wolf appliances also won two Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the 2002 Consumer Products category: a bronze for the Dual Convection Wall Oven line and a bronze for the Radiant Cooktop line, and the dual fuel line was first runner-up in Appliance Manufacturer Magazine's 2003/4 Excellence in Design Contest. Sub-Zero Freezer Company, an affiliate of Wolf and the leading manufacturer of residential refrigeration and wine storage units, won a GOOD DESIGN™ award in 2001 for its 400 series wine storage unit. Sub-Zero's 650G glass door refrigerator is the recipient of the 2004 American Kitchen & Bath Award, sponsored by Home magazine, and the unit was a top 100 product pick in the nation for 2002 in Builder, Remodeling, Custom Home and Building Products.

Additionally, Sub-Zero refrigerators have been ranked number one in Quality and number one in Leader in Innovation for Builder magazine's 2003 awards.
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