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M&G Group Acquires Security Chimneys

M&G Group, owners of M&G DuraVent Inc. (“DuraVent”), is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to purchase Security Chimneys International Limited (“Security”) from Comvest Investment Partners IV, L.P.  and Innovative Hearth Products. 

Security, located in Laval, Quebec, Canada, is a manufacturer of venting products and accessories for residential and commercial applications in both the USA and Canada.

Brooks Sherman, President and CEO of DuraVent, said, “We are very excited about the addition of Security, which will serve to expand DuraVent’s market leading position of...

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Smart Solar Inc. Announces Two Dogs Designs Brand Update and New Sales Director

Spring 2013 will feature the re-launch of the recent Two Dogs Designs acquisition with updated colors, sizes and expansion of offerings across all outdoor cover categories. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Sharon DeFelice has joined the company as Sales Director. Sharon will spearhead Smart Solar’s national launch into regional retailers, garden centers and gift stores of all Smart Solar brands.

Smart Solar, Smart Garden, Two Dogs Designs and Smart Design brands offer the retailer and the growing E-Commerce marketplace one of the widest in-stock selections of premium lawn and garden items such as solar d...

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Housing Market Continues to Improve

The housing market saw a 3.6% gain between September and October, suggesting that the housing recovery is gaining momentum. For on this, click here.

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Twin-Star International Names CEO

Twin-Star International, manufacturer of electric fireplaces, bathroom furniture, media consoles, wine cabinets, heaters, infrared heaters, and stoves within the brands of ClassicFlame, Chimney Free, Tresanti, Black & Decker, Duraflame, and Luxe Bath Works, has named Robert Cohen as its CEO. Cohen spent 11 years with Armstrong World Industries, culminating in his role as president and CEO of Armstrong Cabinet Products.

Under his leadership, the company posted record revenues and collected three J.D. Power awards for the industry’s highest customer satisfaction. Cohen’s previous experience also includes positions at Procter & Gamble, American Airlines, and Sunbeam Corp. <...

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Ron McArthur Appointed President of Napoleon Fireplaces and Napoleon Gourmet Grills

Napoleon® Fireplaces and Napoleon® Gourmet Grills have named Ron McArthur to serve as president of the Napoleon Group of Companies. Over the past 35 years, the Canadian fireplace, barbecue, and heating/ cooling manufacturer has expanded into a successful North American company with a growing international presence.

Wolfgang Schroeter, CEO of Napoleon, says, “Ron McArthur’s experience in leading strong, world-class brands will be a valuable addition to the Napoleon family. Napoleon has been growing steadily over the past three decades and we are very excited about the future of the company.”

McArthur most recently ran another...

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Sunset West Launches iPad Catalog App

Sunset West has released the first version of the Sunset West iPad catalog app. The app will allow Sunset West to communicate with both sales representatives and retailers on a consistent basis. The iPad app is a living catalog, complete with the latest styles offered by Sunset West, along with the available inventories from either of Sunset West’s warehouses. The app will refresh itself with the most up-to-date information with each use.

CEO Wes Stewart says, “This is a really great tool for disseminating information to either our reps or retail partners. The user will be...

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Mr. Bar-B-Q® and Chef Michael Steifman Join Forces to Create Gourmet Recipes

Mr. Bar-B-Q®, the world’s expert in designing innovative, premier barbecue accessories and outdoor lifestyle tools, continues its 40th anniversary momentum by announcing a partnership with culinary expert and gourmet chef, Michael Steifman, president of Michael Stuart NY. This alliance is one of many recent initiatives—including rebranding, a new website and improved, eyecatching packaging—to appeal to a new market of grillers and to maintain the company’s industryleading position into 2013.

“As the grilling category evolves, we will continue to be the leader of grill tool innovations just as we’ve done for more than 40 years,”...

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Cal Spas Launches New Genesis Rotomold Line for 2013

Cal Spas Resort Products has announced the launch of its new Genesis™spa series. Casey Loyd, president of Cal Spas, says, “We updated our popular rotomold line by adding new spa models with eyecatching features and impressive jet counts. This value-conscious spa line is packed with premium features and priced to match any budget. We feel our dealers will be impressed with our new line, which will contribute to a successful selling season.”

The Genesis rotomold spa series has been updated and simplified for 2013. The best-selling rotomold spa lineup features four new models, with one jet configuration...

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