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Celebrating Dan Shimek: A Hearth Industry Legend Passes

MINNEAPOLIS - Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ founder, and hearth industry veteran, Daniel C. Shimek, passed away October 11, 2013, in his Apple Valley, Minn, home at the age of 65.

In 1975, Dan and Ron Shimek (Dan’s brother) had an inspiration for indoor wood and gas fireplaces that changed an industry and became the foundation of Heat & Glo® Fireplaces. Starting out small in a garage and building from the ground up to a $600 million dollar business, Dan and Ron became successful entrepreneurs and visionaries in the hearth industry.

Brothers Steve and Gerry joined them...

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The Big Green Egg Company Optimizes Several Key Positions

ATLANTA - Promotions and expanded staff positions at the Big Green Egg Company are positioning the Atlanta-based mainstay for continued growth of the Big Green Egg brand in 2014 and beyond.

The Sales Department has been restructured, resulting in two new positions. Each position will be responsible for key areas of the distribution network in terms of growth and support. • Lou West, formerly sales manager, will assume a new role as distributor services manager;  • Jerry Stone, formerly assistant sales manager will take on a new role as business development manager.

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OW Lee to Exhibit for First Time at High Point

ONTARIO, CA – OW Lee, a manufacturer of high-end outdoor furniture, fire pits, and accessories located in Ontario, Calif, will be exhibiting at High Point for the first time this October. The High Point show takes place later this month (Oct 19-24) in High Point, North Carolina. OW Lee will be in the popular Showplace building, at space #1630.   OW Lee will show pieces from its most popular collections, including Casual Fireside© Fire Pits and its popular Monterra deep seating (pictured), as well as new product for 2014.

“We are very excited to participate in the world class furniture show,”...

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Solair’s Retail Awning Display Available for Specialty Stores

Solair® Shade Solutions introduces an exciting new display option for dealers who want to transform their in-store awning-sales experience for customers. Showcasing the retractable awnings in a new light, the retail awning display, RAD, was developed to help retailers look more like they are in the awning-sales business.

Rett Haigler, business manager of Solair, explains, “While traditionally, awnings have been installed on store walls, there has been a concern that the products can get lost in the decor of the store. This can make it difficult for consumers to identify the awning as a product that is...

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Twin-Star Debuts on HGTV

Twin-Star International is once again in the limelight. This time, it is partnering with HGTV’s popular “Love It or List It,” the internationally renowned real-estate and renovation television show. Over several episodes this fall, viewers will see a variety of Twin-Star’s Tresanti®home-entertainment furniture collections, ClassicFlame®electric fireplaces, and Luxe Bath Works® vanities and mirrors as they are featured in the show’s newly renovated homes.

Brian Brigham, Twin-Star’s director of marketing and public relations, says, “We are very excited to be working with Big Coat Productions and its television show, ‘Love It or...

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Summer Classics Buys Remaining Shares of Parker James

Parker James Summer Classics Inc. has purchased the remaining shares of Parker International L.L.C., dba Parker James, an outdoor-furniture company. Jim Parker, CEO and 60% owner of Parker International, sold his remaining ownership to Summer Classics, which already owned the remaining 40% of Parker International (which will now act as a subsidiary of Summer Classics).

Terms of the transaction are privateThe new Parker James president (who will oversee its daily operations) is Harold Hudson, former senior vice president of marketing, national accounts, for Summer Classics. Hudson has been an employee of Summer Classics for more than 20 years.<...

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Galtech International Announces Sales Awards

Galtech International issued its 2013 Sales Achievement Awards at the company’s annual sales meetings, held at the Chicago International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™. In recognition of an outstanding 2013 season, Dave Harmelink of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was named as the 2013 Sales Representative of the Year. These sales representatives were also recognized for their outstanding sales achievements during the 2013 season: John Benner and Ron O’Meara of Southern California; Gray Dobbins and Justin Carter of Dunwoody, Georgia; and Bob Oresman of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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Solair Shade Solutions Welcomes Jon Scuncio and Brad Palm

Trivantage™ L.L.C., the nation’s largest distributor of specialty fabrics and associated products, recently welcomed two new team members to its growing division of shade products. Jon Scuncio and Brad Palm have been named product specialists for Solair®Shade Solutions, a sophisticated brand of awnings and exterior shade products.

In their new positions with Solair, Scuncio and Palm play essential roles in conducting focused sales and installation training for retail associates, to help grow awning and fabric-kiosk sales in the patioretail channel. In addition, Scuncio and Palm identify and implement strategies for improving quality of...

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