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Lennox Hearth Products’ Rhapsody™ direct-vent fireplace wins Vesta Award

Nashville, TN—(March 15, 2012) Hearth & Home magazine recognized the new Dave Lennox Signature® Collection Rhapsody™ Direct-Vent fireplace by Lennox Hearth Products (LHP) with a Vesta award during the recent Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association Expo.

The Vesta Awards, created by the magazine to recognize and honor companies for their innovation in product design and/or technology, is given to new products exhibited at the Expo and created for sale during the same year. The Rhapsody direct-vent fireplace was honored as a winner in the Hearth Products: Gas Products category.

With a best-in-class design featuring contemporary...

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Las Vegas 2012: HD Expo Returns to Sin City May 15-17 Bringing Design & Innovation to the Forefront

LAS VEGAS (January 23, 2012) – The nation’s leading event for the hospitality industry is back in Las Vegas when the Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo) will take over the bustling strip from May 15 to 17, 2012. The three day event will allow attendees to gain insight into industry trends while learning how to maintain success in the ever-evolving and ultra-competitive world of hospitality design. Led by industry experts, the show will feature idea-generating educational sessions, an intimate awards ceremony and special events focused on the latest and most innovative products and services. “For 2012 we look forward to offering guests an...

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HPBA Looks to the Next Generation

HPBA turns its focus to the next generation of industry leaders. The new group, called HPBA Young Guns, represents professionals under the age of 40 or those who have been in the industry for less than 5 years.

The Young Guns’ mission is to provide educational, networking, social, and training opportunities at both the national and affiliate levels of HPBA, as well as, to foster leadership and collegial relationships. Young Guns hopes to help recruit new people into the industry, as well.

The committee, which is co-chaired by Nick Bauer, Empire Comfort Systems Inc., and Linsey Fluty,...

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China Pavilion to Be Featured at HPBExpo

The China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Light Industrial Products and Arts/Crafts (CCCLA) will be exhibiting products in the China Pavilion at this year’s HPBExpo in Atlanta, Georgia. A number of suppliers from China will be demonstrating a wide range of products, including furnaces, grills, and barbecue accessories.

These companies include DKS Enterprises Company, Ltd.; J & J Industries Company, Ltd.; J & J Household Articles Company, Ltd.; Yangjiang Henergy Industrial Company, Ltd.; Changzhou Wujin New Star Clothing Company, Ltd.; Yetong Industry Company, Ltd.; and Yangdong Youlian Industry & Trading Company, Ltd. <...

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Poly-Wood Announces Promotion of Chad Yordy and Expands Lumber Division

Poly-Wood, Inc., leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance, eco-friendly casual outdoor furniture, announced the recent promotion of Chad Yordy to vice president, sales and marketing. Yordy initially joined Poly- Wood in 2006, as director of sales for the contract division of the Syracuse, Indiana, manufacturer.

Doug Rassi, president, says, “Over the past five years, Chad has been instrumental in expanding the sales and marketing efforts of Poly- Wood. “With the tremendous growth potential of the outdoor industry, we are looking forward to Chad driving our initiatives not only to build upon our leadership position, but also to facilitate...

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Certified Fireplace Barriers Approved for Gas Fireplace Fronts

The CSA America Vented Gasfired Warm Air Heaters Technical Advisory Group met in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 13, 2011, and approved language mandating certified barriers to protect children and other at-risk people from the glass fronts of gas fireplaces. This recommendation for a revised standard now goes to the CSA Z21.50 and Z21.88 committees for their review.

If ultimately approved by the ANSI Board of Standards, the revised standard would mean that a gas fireplace or gas heater must include a certified barrier if the temperature of the glass front can exceed 172 degrees. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association ...

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Mendota Hearth Products/St. Croix Stoves Announces Job Opening

Mendota Hearth Products/St. Croix Stoves has an opening for a sales representative for all or part of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. Representatives with other lines will be considered. The applicant must have experience in hearth-products sales, and knowledge of dealers in this territory is preferred. Please submit a cover letter and relevant résumé information to

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Robb & Stucky Reopens Under New Ownership

Robb & Stucky International recently held the grand opening of its new 60,000–square-foot design studio and retail showroom in Fort Myers, Florida, under the leadership of Steven Lush, president. “This is a new beginning for a great retail brand,” Lush says. Since the acquisition of the Robb & Stucky name and intellectual properties in March 2011, Lush says, the focus has been on restoring the brand equities inherent in the Robb & Stucky name.

“We are reinventing Robb & Stucky,” he says, “with a great team and smart strategies that are relevant for today’s consumers. We have...

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