HPBExpo 2018 - Attendee Registration Is Up 74% From This Time Last Year!

HPBExpo 2018 - Attendee Registration Is Up 74% From This Time Last Year!

Find out why attending HPBExpo in Nashville is the only place to be in March 2018! Register your company staff, and make your hotel reservations with onPeak, the official HPBA housing partner.
NEW at HPBExpo!
Keynote Address - Hot Spots 2.0 - How to Convert Emotions into Sales…Indoors & Out
A Keynote Address by David Brown, a Partner at Hoffman York, will examine the results of an extensive research study that reveals how homeowner views and values of various rooms have evolved, and what can be done from a design standpoint to increase purchase intent. Participants who attend will receive some great takeaways to include a 24-page brochure of the research study and a hard copy book filled with design ideas and techniques.

Barbecue Your Breakfast Event
Come to the Outdoor Burn Area on Saturday morning from 9:00am to 11:00am and enjoy live entertainment and a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa while sampling breakfast offerings barbecued from outdoor exhibitors. Cooking Channel’s host of the Big Bad BBQ Brawl, Shannon Ambrosio, will be grilling one of his signature barbecue dishes on Napoleon grills and providing retailers with store demonstration ideas. Stay tuned for more details.

Education Offerings
New in 2018! Gas Hands-On Troubleshooting Session and Ladder Safety/Fall Protection Session. Registration for both sessions must be made online only, and space is limited. See HPBExpo Education for the full program schedule.

Nashville Is a Favorite HPBExpo Host City
Music City Center attracted the biggest HPBExpo crowd ever! It is easy to get to and even easier to fall in love with! Nashville is a citywide celebration of everything that makes life fun—music, food and drink, and friends.

Act Now: Secure Your Prime Exhibit Space
Check out what people are saying about exhibiting at North America’s largest indoor-outdoor living industry showcase. Visit our Apply to Exhibit page for floor plans and contracts or contact Anita Derouin to discuss booth options.

Bring Your Product to Center Stage
Exhibitor entries are now being accepted for the New Product Pavilion. Each product entered will also be an eligible entry for the 2018 Attendees’ Choice Awards.

Get Noticed at HPBExpo 2018
Raise your visibility at Expo with any of the great sponsorship and advertising opportunities available to exhibitors and non-exhibitors. Contact Stacy Bowdring.

Reach Expo Media With the Online Press Room
Exhibitors can now log on to, add, or update their Online Press Room profile. The Online Press Room is your opportunity to tell HPBExpo media about your brand and products. Don’t miss out on this complimentary opportunity! Contact Tristan Landy with any questions.

Wood Heater Legislation Considered by Congress
The HPBA-supported legislation in the House (H.R. 453) and Senate (S. 1857) were both reviewed by Congress the week of November 13th. The House legislation made it past its first major hurdle on November 15th after being voted out of the House Subcommittee on the Environment (a process known as “mark-up”), to be moved on to the full Energy and Commerce Committee. The full Energy and Commerce Committee moved the bill out of committee during a markup session on Wednesday, December 6th. This is the first piece of industry-specific, HPBA-supported legislation to get this far in Congress.

On Tuesday, November 14th, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air held a hearing to review the Senate legislation. Paul Williams, Vice President of Business Intelligence for U.S. Stove Company, spoke in favor of the legislation as a witness at the hearing. Watch (starting at 44:43) Paul’s opening statement. If the legislation is passed into law (which is not guaranteed), it would extend the effective date of EPA’s Step 2 standards for wood heaters by three years, from May 15, 2020 to May 15, 2023. Urge your Senators and Representative to cosponsor these bills. Read more on HPBA’s website.

New Cordwood Test Method Development Efforts
HPBA member manufacturers will join with state and EPA air regulators at a mid-December meeting in Denver to continue to work on the development of a new cordwood test method for woodstoves.  Although it will clearly be several years before this method can be completed, the conversation underscores everyone’s interest in eventually moving away from the current cordwood test method, using 2x4 and 4x4 lumber.  For more information contact John Crouch.

NSPS Briefing Deadline Extended
HPBA has filed an additional, unopposed motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to extend, by 90 days, the deadline for filing briefs with the court on our pending NSPS legal challenge.  The motion was granted, making HPBA’s opening brief due on February 20, 2018.  The extension is necessary as all parties are still seeking to reach a settlement of the legal challenge through ongoing negotiation.  For more information, contact John Crouch.

California Prop 65 Changes
The state of California has made a major change to its Proposition 65 warning labels, effective for products manufactured after August 30, 2018.  HPBA has alerted all manufacturers and encouraged them to review the official state website.  Please note that the long-standing Prop 65 requirements also affect California retailers.  For further information, here is the note sent to manufacturers or contact John Crouch or Ryan Carroll.

Tax Reform Heating Up
Congress has been working on separate packages of legislation in the House and Senate to reform U.S. tax policies. Of interest to all manufacturers, the bill that passed the House includes a provision that would expand the small business expensing limitation under section 179 to $5 million. New language would also modify the definition of section 179 property to permanently include qualified energy efficient heating and air-conditioning property. The provision to modify the definition of section 179 property to include qualified energy efficient heating and air-conditioning property, if enacted into law, would be effective for property acquired and placed in service after November 2, 2017.

Of note for HPBA members in the hearth industry is a provision introduced as an amendment to the Senate bill sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). The amendment would create a new tax credit, under Section 25(D) of the tax code, of 30% of the purchasing and installation cost of a new, qualifying biomass heater. The language is from the BTU Act (S. 1480), which HPBA continues to support. Although the language did not make it into the Senate’s tax bill, we have been told that the Senate will address this and other energy-related tax credits in a separate bill. The biomass stove tax credit under section 25(C), which has been expired since the end of 2016, may or may not be included in this package of legislation. Urge your Senators and Representative to support the BTU Act and the now-expired biomass stove tax credit.

New HPBA Guidance for Retailers on EPA’s NSPS 2020 Requirements
HPBA has created a new “Frequently Asked Questions” document and webpage to clarify the current deadlines and requirements of the EPA’s wood heater regulation that all dealers must meet on or after May 15, 2020. We hope that this will clear up some rumors and misunderstandings about the final 2020 standard. Read the FAQs on HPBA’s website. Have questions? Contact John Crouch.

Nomination Committee Develops 2018 Board Slate
The HBPA Nominating Committee has identified industry members who have agreed to serve the 2018 HPBA Board of Directors. The governing body for the association, HPBA’s Board of Directors, has a total of 21 voting seats: 10 manufacturing members and 11 non-manufacturers (retailers, distributors, service providers, and manufacturer’s representatives).

Nominees for the 2018 Board of Directors include: Amie Ryan, Chairman (Ryan Bros. Chimney Sweeping Inc.); Joe Burns, Vice-Chairman (Bernard Dalsin Manufacturing); Dick Hoffman, Secretary (The Fire House Casual Living Store of Asheville); and Roger Evans, Treasurer (EMI Sales Group, Inc.). Ross Morrison (Stellar Hearth Products) was also nominated for an At-Large seat on the Executive Committee. All of the Executive Officers will serve a one-year term, with the exception of the Treasurer, who will serve a three-year term.

Other Board nominations include: Dave Kuhfahl (HearthStone Quality Home Heating Products Inc.) and Glen Spinelli (Regency Fireplace Products), both serving a second three-year term, and Kris Richardson (Modern Flames) serving a first full three-year term.

These nominees will join other standing Board Members who are fulfilling existing terms of office.

If you would like to recommend someone for a Manufacturer’s Seat on the Board, including yourself, please contact Jack Goldman no later than COB, Friday, December 15th; The recommendation must be co-signed by five manufacturer members in good standing.

Post Job Vacancies on the HPBA Job Board
Find great talent on HPBA’s Job Board––a recruitment tool being reintroduced exclusively for HPBA member organizations. The Job Board includes a list of job vacancies as well as resumés submitted by industry professionals in search of employment. HPBA members are invited to post job vacancies in the fields of Installation and Service, Retail and Wholesale Sales, Administrative, Research and Development, Testing, Marketing, Management and more. For additional information, contact Josh Borden, Membership Coordinator.


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