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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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Napoleon Celebrates Safety Milestone in Canadian Manufacturing Plant

November 21, 2011, marked a safety milestone for Napoleon Appliance Corp. (NAC), manufacturer of Napoleon®gourmet grills. On this date, it had been officially three years since an injury in the workplace had caused any loss of work time. Judy Hamilton, NAC’s health and safety coordinator, announced the milestone, along with fellow Joint Health and Safety Committee members Bob Martin, Leanne Rice, and Delphine Laughlin.

Local dignitaries joined NAC to congratulate the company on its accomplishment. Jeff Lehman, mayor of Barrie, Ontario, arrived to thank NAC’s associates. “I can only say, to you all, congratulations for the...

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Sunbrella Fabrics Recognized Among Three Best of Year Awards From Interior Design Magazine

maker of Sunbrella® fabrics, was honored by the inclusion of its fabrics in three award-winning entries at the Interior Design Best of Year Awards on December 1, 2011, at the IAC Building in New York, New York. The awards were for the categories of health-care textiles (for its Day Dream collection, with CF Stinson, Inc.); outdoor textiles (for the Indi Pop collection from Alaxi Fabrics); and large exhibit/installation (with Situ Studio, at the Brooklyn Museum).

Gina Wicker, design and creative director for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, says, “This has been a year of milestones for us, including new...

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