The KettlePizza Story and Our Commitment to USA Manufacturing:
KettlePizza founder, Al Contarino is an inventor who had a passion for grilling. His main frustration was that whenever grill lids were opened or removed, all the stored heat would be lost stalling the cooking process. In 2005, he started developing a new type of gas grill that maintained the heat when the lid was opened. Countless hours and a substantial amount of money went into the patented design with the hopes of licensing to a major grill manufacturer. Five years later, Al was completely frustrated with the challenges of licensing his ideas and he decided to focus his efforts on developing a product that he could design, manufacture and market completely on his own. This new product was KettlePizza.
Al Contarino, Inventor of the KettlePizza
With One of the First Prototypes
In May of 2010 Al built his first prototype of the KettlePizza. He called his friend and fellow inventor, George Peters, to check out the design of a crude pizza oven insert made to fit on top of common charcoal kettle grills. The prototype seemed to solve the problem of maintaining high temperatures throughout the cooking process and so they decided to invite some friends over for a pizza party. Everyone loved the pizza and the concept. That was all that Al and George needed to hear, they knew they had a winner.
With the Current KettlePizza Offering
In the upcoming months, Al and George took on the challenge to design, manufacture and sell the KettlePizza right out of Al’s barn in Massachusetts. They made the challenge even harder by pledging to source as many of the KettlePizza components as possible from American suppliers. The goal was not just to build a product and a company, but to create US jobs
Al and His Son Inspecting the Laser Manufacturing Process in Southern New Hampshire
George and John (key supplier) Inspecting the Custom Bolt Manufacturing Process in Southeast Massachusetts
George, Al and Scott (key supplier) Working on Design of New KettlePizza Gas Pro in Southern New Hampshire
Walmart US CEO Greg Foran Commenting On KettlePizza At Walmart Made in USA Summit 2015