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Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association Hires Richard Ali as Director of Government Affairs

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) has appointed Richard Ali as its Director of Government Affairs starting July 2, 2012. Mr. Ali, formerly with the lobbying firm Capital Action Network, brings a wealth of association lobbying to HPBA. “Rich’s extensive background in lobbying, federal legislative and regulatory activities and codes and standards is exactly what we were looking for to head our government affairs department,” reported Jack Goldman, president and CEO of HPBA. “We are currently involved in several regulatory challenges and his experience will help us immensely.” He will head up the department staff of four.

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Homecrest Outdoor Living Announces Access Sales to Represent Homecrest

Homecrest Outdoor Living has announced the Access Sales Associates will represent Homecrest Outdoor Living in Northern California and Nevada. This dynamic team consists of three partners -Matt Maher, Chris Kjome and Nate Grimstvedt based out of Fairfield, California. Since 1990 this organization has been blanketing all facets of the geographic and dealer networks with such lines as Weber Stephen Grills, Jensen Leisure and Old World Spices with a comprehensive plan that revolves around doing whatever it takes to satisfy their customer base. “We are so excited to have Matt, Chris & Nate join us to grow the Homecrest brand, and...

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Glen Raven Custom Fabrics Names Business Manager For Casual Fabrics

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics has named Alexis Maklakoff as business manager for casual fabrics, responsible for merchandising, marketing and product support for the outdoor furniture market. Maklakoff reports to Suzie Roberts, vice president and business manager for decorative fabrics for Glen Raven.

“Alexis brings extensive retail experience to his new position, along with an international background that’s invaluable today,” said Roberts, who remains closely involved in casual fabrics marketing as well as residential interiors and contract. “The addition of Alexis to this position within our fabrics marketing team assures that we will continue to bring high...

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Galaxy Outdoor: The Next Generation in Firepits, Fire Tables, Firepans, Fire Plates and more

Bruce Spangrud, creator/inventor of the original modular outdoor islands, launched Galaxy Outdoor (Las Vegas, Nevada), which manufactures a new and improved line of outdoor fire products and custom and stock outdoor kitchens. All framed structures built by Galaxy Outdoor are constructed with galvanized 120 12-gauge tubing (not studs), then welded together (not screwed together). Not only are these units more durable than competing products, they are also less costly and easier to install.

Galaxy Outdoor’s product line consists of an unlimited range of finished or ready-to-finish custom islands (with stainless built-in island accessories to go with...

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Select Outdoor Kitchens Expands Into Hospitality Industry

Select Outdoor Kitchens, a leader in supplying portable outdoor-kitchen cabinetry, gas grills, and ceramic cookers, recently expanded its product offerings to include turnkey, all-inclusive cabinetry units for the hospitality industry. Mike Miller, president, says, “There isn‘t anybody else offering a turnkey product that would be a self-sufficient island. These new products are full-service cooking stations that include water hookups, sinks, refrigeration, and electrical outlets, making them ideal for hotel and resort kitchens.”

He adds, “We’re sticking with portability, but we are offering hotels, restaurants, and resorts turnkey units.” Select Outdoor Kitchens is focusing on a...

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Napoleon Wins Two Vesta Awards at HPBExpo

Napoleon® received the Central Heating Systems Award and the prestigious Daniel J. Melcon Best-in-show Award for Hearth Products at this year’s HPBExpo Vesta Awards ceremony on March 2, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The HMF200/9600 Combo furnace won for its industry-first design, green technology, and fuelsaving capabilities. When the fire in the wood furnace dies down, a second thermostat calls for heat and the gas furnace starts. As an added bonus, the ultra-efficient gas furnace also features a DC motor that can save up to 80% on electricity bills. Napoleon manufactures both the wood and gas furnaces in its Barrie,...

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Solair Shade Solutions Successfully Expands Brand and Market Capabilities

Solair® Shade Solutions, a line of residential shade products from Tri Vantage® L.L.C., successfully completed the 2011 outdoor-living season, offering a virtually untapped shade category to patio-furniture retailers: retractable awnings.

Rett Haigler, business manager of shade-solution products, says, “Partnering with fine outdoor-furniture retailers has breathed life into a category that needed an effective solution to create more enjoyable and flexible outdoor-living spaces for consumers. Providing consumers the opportunity to experience our high-quality retractable awnings in a realistic setting, through the retailer channel, is a major step forward in the growth of the entire market.”

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Agio to Attend Spring 2012 High Point Market

For the first time, Agio International Co. Ltd. will exhibit a selection of outdoor-furniture collections at the spring 2012 High Point Market (April 21–26). Agio-USA officials credit traditional furniture retailers who have recognized the benefit of adding outdoor collections to their product mix as the motivation behind the manufacturer’s entry into High Point Market.

Bob Gaylord, president of Agio-USA, says, “We are coming to High Point Market for the first time because we know there are indoor retailers who are ready to go into the outdoor-casual category. They’re creating an entirely new category within their stores. If...

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