Imperial Cal. Products, Inc. was founded in 1961 by Frank Flentye. Frank began making economy range hoods in his San Fernando Valley, CA garage. In 1962 Frank hired Dick Mancinelli, now VP of Production. The company started out in Van Nuys, CA, in a 1000 square foot building. With Frank, Dick and a few part-time college students, the company was able to produce 500 economy hoods a month. Soon the demand for quality high-end models was exceeding their manufacturing abilities.
Frank and his employees began hand-crafting a number of high-end models and styles. More product demand required more space and a larger work force. In 1973, after 10 years in the San Fernando Valley/ Burbank area, the company moved to Orange County. Imperial relocated to a 35,000 square foot plant in Brea, California. It is here that approximately 900 variations of the nine different groups and styles of range hoods are produced by 35 employees. The increase in the demand for Imperial products is due to three main factors; our emphasis on quality, performance, and customer service. Our focus in these three areas has resulted in our steady growth.
In 2006, Frank Flentye turned the company over to his employees. Imperial has an ESOP program where the employees enjoy ownership in the company along with the pride of watching Imperial expand. In 2018 Dick Mancinelli retired from his position as VP Operations and Chief Engineer after working at Imperial for 50 years.
He remains a member of our Board of Directors and continues to serve as a consultant. His expertise and innovation helped build Imperial into the successful company we are today. Although once exclusively based in Southern California, the company has expanded sales Nationwide and into Canada.