Miele is a German manufacturer of high-end appliances and equipment. Their headquarters is in Gütersloh, Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Germany. The company was founded in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann, and has always been a family owned and run company. Miele’s products are manufactured in Germany, Austria. Miele’s first products were a cream separator, butter churn, and tub washing machine, under the Meteor brand. Carl Miele supervised manufacturing personally, and Reinhard Zinkann apprenticed and handled finances and sale. In 2007, Miele was given an award for being the most successful company in Germany that year, beating the previous year’s winner Google, which placed second, and Porsche, which came in third.