How Chicago’s very own Weber Grills got their start

The Business of Food with Steve Alexander

Lake Michigan buoys were the inspiration for Weber's iconic egg-shaped charcoal kettle

The Weber Connect smart phone app being used to monitor the cooking of a brisket. (Photo from Weber)

About 70 years ago when George Stephen was working at the Weber metal shop making buoys for guiding boat traffic on Lake Michigan, the idea for a charcoal grill hit him. Steve Alexander talks with Troy Shay, the President and Chief Commercial Officer of Palatine-based Weber about how that idea turned into the biggest grilling company in the world with sales in 78 countries.

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