Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
Early microwave ovens did not heat food evenly. To address this problem, Nordic Ware developed and patented the Micro-Go-Round, a turntable for use inside the microwave, in 1980. In 1985, Nordic Ware manufactured the Micro-Go-Round Plus, which was weight-sensitive. It started when a plate was put on, and stopped when it was taken off. This example of the Micro-Go-Round was made in 2006.
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Object Name
microwave turntable
Date made
Nordic Ware
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 1 3/16 in x 9 3/4 in; 3.01625 cm x 24.765 cm
place made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Household Tools and Equipment
Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO
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