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Sunset West Wins 2013 ARTS Award

Sunset West is proud to announce its recognition as the winner of the 2013 ARTS Award for Outdoor Furniture Manufacturer.

The Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, announced the winners of the 24th annual ARTS Awards during a gala event held Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. “Congratulations to all of this year’s ARTS Awards winners,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “The ARTS Awards is a highlight of our January Market each year and we are honored to celebrate each of the winners’ extensive accomplishments.”


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Peak Season Introduces New Products at Casual Market

Peak Season, Inc., announced its newest product line for 2013 at the Chicago International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™. The 2013 line features more than 25 new products in the Inspired Visions collection.

The Inspired Visions line is a limited collection of fine casual furniture for individuals who regard the design and comfort of their outdoor spaces as an extension of their homes’ interiors. Tim Le Roy, CEO, says, “Peak Season is known for helping people feel at home outside, and the new stable of products carries out that mission beautifully.”

The new products received a very warm...

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HPBA Victorious in DOE Lawsuit

On Friday, February 8th, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) scored a major victory for the vented gas hearth product industry. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with HPBA and NPGA on a Petition for Review filed against two Final Rules issued by the Department of Energy (DOE). The court, finding that DOE exceeded its authority in regulating a new class of products without following required procedure, struck the definition of “vented hearth heater” from the DOE rulemakings.

The decision effectively eliminates onerous...

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Remodelers Forecast a Bright 2013

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) fourth-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions has experienced significant growth across all indicators, with forecasting in the next three months hitting its all-time highest level. The significantly positive results have a lot to do with homeowner security, remodelers say. “Remodelers are indicating major growth in the future, with many saying that clients are feeling more stable in their financial future and their employment situations; therefore, they are spending more freely on remodeling needs,” says Tom O’Grady, CR, CKBR, chairman of NARI’s Strategic...

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NorthCape Expands into Latin America

NorthCape International has focused on providing high quality & high value products to the patio industry.  Their market share growth in North America is the result of strong dealer relationships, investment in their delivery network and keeping customer service a priority. 

With this proven recipe for success, NorthCape is excited to announce their entrance into the Latin American market. The strategy for this expansion is the creation of a new distribution organization focused in the fastest growing cities of Latin America.

NorthCape has established relationships and is the process of setting up new...

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Wood Burning Fireplace Retro-fit Technology Approved by EPA for Partnership Program

Earth’s Flame is the best rated emission retrofit system with the lowest emissions of any retrofit tested included in the burn wise program.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency website, “Burn Wise is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that emphasizes the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe.”

Fireplace industry experts estimate that there could be as many as 38 million wood burning fireplaces in the U.S., and...

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Monessen Hearth Systems Company Renamed Vermont Castings Group

Today, Monessen Hearth Systems Company announced that it has changed the company name to Vermont Castings Group. Under the new name, the company will continue to grow and support its four brands – Vermont Castings, Majestic, Monessen and Ambient Technologies.

“Changing our name will help us leverage the heritage of our iconic Vermont Castings brand to generate growth for our full portfolio of industry leading brands and product lines,” said Dan Clifford, president and CEO of Vermont Castings Group. “Vermont Castings is one of the most recognized brands in the hearth and outdoor industries and is synonymous with...

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Galtech Distributes Achievement Awards to Sales Force

Galtech International issued its 2012 Sales Achievement Awards at the company’s annual sales meetings, held during the Chicago International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™. In honor of his 18 years of service representing Galtech International, Dick Mulcahy of San Mateo, California, was named the 2012 Sales Representative of the Year. Other sales representatives recognized for their outstanding sales achievements during the 2012 season were John Benner and Ron O’Meara of Southern California; Gray Dobbins and Justin Carter of Dunwoody, Georgia; Ray Smit of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Bob Oresman of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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