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2012 HPBExpo Going Strong

Attendance has been strong for the first two days at this year’s HPBExpo in Atlanta. According to Tony Ramos, publisher of Patio & Hearth Products Report, attendance is the best that it has been in the past two to three years. “Since I spend the majority of my time walking the trade show floor, visiting and meeting with exhibitors and show attendees, I can get a good feel for show attendance. This year’s HPExpo is one of the best in years.”

Exhibitors have also commented that the quality of the show attendee is very high,...

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Sunbrella® Fabrics Launches New, Multi-Platform Advertising Campaign

The beauty and durability of Sunbrella® fabrics will come to life this month with the launch of a new multi-platform advertising campaign that includes artistic print ads, stop animation videos, behind-the-scenes footage and website enhancements that instantly connect visitors to the Sunbrella brand.

Aptly titled “Live Free Style,” the campaign celebrates worry-free living from the perspectives of an imaginative child and practical parent, drawing attention to the many ways Sunbrella fabrics are used in everyday life.

“We believe that people will relate to this campaign on many levels – as parents, homeowners and individuals who enjoy...

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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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