The Napoleon Story

Known for producing only the highest-quality, technologically innovative products, Napoleon is North America’s largest privately owned manufacturer of gourmet grills, fireplaces and outdoor living products.

It began in 1976 when a small steel fabrication business launched by Wolfgang Schroeter began to manufacture steel railings in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. At that time, no one could have imagined the incredible future that lay ahead for Wolf Steel Ltd. and eventually Napoleon® Fireplaces and Napoleon® Gourmet Grills.

The first wood stove that rolled off the line at Wolf Steel was unique, distinctive and highly successful. Within five years the company had built the first stove to feature a Pyroceram high temperature ceramic glass door. That year marked the first of many milestones for Wolfgang and the company and the name “Napoleon®” was born.

Demand for Napoleon brand wood stoves grew quickly and before long the company was known as the world’s top manufacturer of modern wood stoves.

Millions of people now use Napoleon products. With more than 1,000,000+ square feet of manufacturing space and over 1300 employees, the company has emerged as a true leader in the industry.

Today Napoleon® continues to be family-owned and operated, by Wolfgang, his wife and two sons, Chris and Stephen.

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