Dragzine - Papa Kook: A Visionary And A Legend
"George Kryssing, Sr., affectionately referred to as “Papa Kook,” passed away at the age of 75 in August 2015, after a long battle with heart disease. His son, George, Jr., who currently is the CEO and president of the company that his dad built from the ground up, reflected on a life well lived.
In his lifetime, the one-time milkman, turned home mechanic and race car driver, built an empire from an original design of stainless steel headers fabricated in his home garage — a timeless blueprint that is still in use today by the company. It now manufactures everything to custom specification at its headquarters in Statesville, North Carolina, where they relocated in 2009 from Bayshore, New York.
As pioneers in the stainless steel header revolution, Kooks is an established innovator in the exhaust industry. The company continues to design, test, and build handmade custom race headers used in everything from musclecars, stock cars, and dragsters, to machines that make more than 3,000 horsepower in every corner of the world."