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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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Gensun Sales Representatives of the Year 2012

Dobbins and Son was recognized as the Gensun Casual Living 2012 Sales Representatives of the Year for their outstanding sales and service.

“Gray Dobbins and his team are professional, hard working, and go the extra mile in support of the dealer and the company,” said Jan Trinkley, VP Sales & Marketing at Gensun.

Gray exemplifies what an excellent sales representative should be – strong ethics and relationships with their customers along with excellent follow-up, training, care and communication. With sales growth of 55% over the previous year Dobbins and Son earned the award with honors.

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Housing Prices Continue to Rise

More reports show that the housing market is on its way to recovery. For more, click here.

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Jamestown Pellet Stoves Partners with Fireside Distributors

Jamestown Pellet Stoves has added Fireside Distributors to its growing list of partners as the company builds its U.S. division and focuses on growth in the American market.

Scott Weldon, CSO & president of the U.S. division of Jamestown, says the company is thrilled to partner with Fireside Distributors. “Jamestown is producing some of the cleanest-burning and most affordable pellet stoves on the market today,” he explains, “and partnering with Fireside Distributors gives us the opportunity to offer more people the chance to save money on their heating bills.”

Fireside Distributors Inc. is...

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