- General Info:
- AEI Corporation was established in 1966 in Santa Ana, California by Mr. Phillip E. Arnold and his wife Libby. The original product lines sold by AEI Corporation was the original gas grill the Charmglow Gas Grill and Charmglow Gas Lighting. The other complimentary product line was the original outdoor comfort heaters Sunglo and Sunpak from Infrared Dynamics also based in Santa Ana, CA. Today, AEI Corporation's corporate headquarters and full-service distribution facility is located in Irvine, California and is in its second generation of operation. Today AEI Corporation is in it's second generation of independent ownership operating in Orange County, California and is owned and operated by Phil Arnold's son Pete Arnold business partners George and Fred Speicher. Phil Arnold's original charter and goal in establishing the business in 1966 was to provide the finest in innovative outdoor cooking and heating products to demanding consumer and commercial customers. AEI Corporation serves a wide variety of end-users and commercial accounts. AEI markets its products through a broad network of independent specialty dealers, contractors, commercial accounts, wholesale accounts, builders, natural gas utility accounts, and other businesses. These AEI customers also want to provide only the finest products backed with full service, replacement parts, and unmatched technical support. Many of the retail and wholesale customers established back in the sixties that helped AEI pioneer the outdoor cooking and heating industries are still active AEI dealers and customers today.