Nordic Ware

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Nordic Ware
Cookware and bakeware manufacturing
Founded 1946
Founder H. David Dalquist
Headquarters St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States

Nordic Ware (also known as Northland Aluminum Products, Inc.)[1] is a company based in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States, notable for introducing the Bundt cake pan in the early 1950s.

It was founded in 1946 by Henry David Dalquist (May 25, 1918 – January 2, 2005),[2] who trademarked the name Bundt in 1950,[2] his wife Dorothy, his brother Mark, and their friend Donald Nygren.[3][4][5] Nordic Ware remains family-owned and operated, and David Dalquist (son of founders Henry David and Dorothy Dalquist) is the current company President.[1]

In addition to the Bundt cake pan, Nordic Ware is also a pioneer in the field of microwave cookware. They introduced products such as the patented Micro-Go-Round, better known as the automated food rotator.[6]

More than 70 million Bundt pans have been sold by Nordic Ware across North America.[7] To mark the 60th anniversary of the pan the company designated November 15 as 'National Bundt Day'.[8] The company also runs a competition every year 'Bundts Across America', celebrating the best Bundt cake creations[9] as well as held cooking classes twice a month, held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each session caters only 24 people.

Nordic Ware is one of the few remaining American cookware companies that produce their products almost entirely in the United States[5] and also offers their products to 50 countries. Only three of their items are ineligible for international shipment - Baker's Joy Cooking Spray, Bundt Cake Mixes, and Kettle Smoker.[10]


At their headquarters and manufacturing plant in Minneapolis, the Nordic Ware branding is painted on the Peavey–Haglin Experimental Concrete Grain Elevator near the interchange of Minnesota State Highway 100 and Minnesota State Highway 7.[11] The grain elevator was the first reinforced concrete circular grain elevator in the United States, and possibly in the world.[12] Prior to Nordic Ware, the grain elevator carried the sign for 'Lumber Stores Inc'[4] until Nordic Ware purchased the land as it expanded and invested $40,000 in a restoration project of it.


  1. ^ a b "Company Overview of Northland Aluminum Products, Inc.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  2. ^ a b The Associated Press (January 6, 2005). "H. David Dalquist, 86, Bundt Pan's Inventor, Dies". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Nordic Ware's Founders". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  4. ^ a b "St. Louis Park Historical Society — Nordic Ware". Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  5. ^ a b Muir, David (Journalist) (21 April 2011). ABC World News: Made in America--Nordic Ware (News cast - Web version). Lebanon: ABC News. 
  6. ^ "Opportunity LOL Reviews: Nordic Ware's Potato Baker". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Heritage". Nordic Ware. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Light the Candles on the Bundt Cake—Announcing the 60th Anniversary of Nordic Ware" (Press release). Minneapolis: Nordic Ware. 22 January 2006. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "2010 Japan's Contest Winners". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Ineligible Items (FAQ section)". Nordic Ware. 
  11. ^ "St. Louis Park Historical Society - Nordic Ware". Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  12. ^ "Peavey–Haglin Experimental Concrete Grain Elevator". Minnesota Historical Society Library: History Topics. Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2006-04-08. 

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