HACKETTSTOWN, NJ – The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is proud to announce the 2011 inductee into the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry. This year, the NKBA is pleased to welcome Surjit Kalsi into the Hall of Fame.

Surjit Kalsi is Chairman of Capital Cooking Equipment. Beginning his professional career in 1957, he has applied his creativity and expertise as a design engineer, and is credited with changing the face of the appliance industry. Kalsi introduced the concept of commercial quality ranges for residential use and developed the world’s first all-stainless steel outdoor barbecue line. His vast contributions include the invention of the world’s first pyolytic self-cleaning oven, the low input natural gas pilot, the universal gas burner, retention flame burner and the first dual flow gas burner. He is considered one of the foremost experts in cooking range design and manufacturing, and the NKBA is proud to include Mr. Kalsi among the respected members of the Hall of Fame.

2011 NKBA President David Alderman, CMKBD expressed his endorsement of the selection of Kalsi as the newest member of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame. “Surjit Kalsi’s advancements in appliance technology and design have paved the way for today’s popular application of commercial grade ranges in residential kitchens. His products have elevated home cooking to a new level.”

Surjit Kalsi conveyed his appreciation of the industry honor and acknowledgement. “I am humbled and deeply honored to receive the news that I am to be inducted into the 2011 Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame. It is a rare and uplifting feeling that what I did for survival is being recognized by the NKBA selection committee as “changing the face of the appliance industry. I am indebted to the committee.”

About the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame

Inductees into the Kitchen & Bath Industry Hall of Fame are selected by a standing program committee from nominations made since the Hall of Fame's establishment in 1989. Including the 2011 inductee, the NKBA has selected 82 individuals, who receive national recognition. This year's inductee will be honored on April 26 at KBIS 2011 in Las Vegas.

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®). With nearly 40,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

SOURCE: National Kitchen and Bath Assn.

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