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International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market Announced

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) today announced the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market will be held Sept. 20-23, 2012 at the Chicago Merchandise Mart, which is the casual industry’s leader in product exhibition and permanent showroom displays. The four-day market event will feature the trade’s top manufacturers, most innovative product introductions, and a complete range of new furniture and accessories for outdoor living.

The Casual Market is the only market 100% dedicated to the outdoor furnishings industry and encompasses 350,000 square feet of exhibit space with more than 45 permanent showrooms and hundreds of temporary exhibitors in the Market…

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Lennox Hearth Products’ Grandview™ 230 Stove Provides Elegance and Efficiency

Lennox Hearth Products’ Grandview™ 230 Stove Provides Elegance and Efficiency

GalaxyWith gas and electric costs predicted to reach all-time highs this winter, now is a good time to provide your customers with options that will protect them from the cold and help them save their hard-earned cash.

A wood-burning stove is a great option. But if your customers aren’t fans of the old-fashioned, pot-bellied stove look and want something with a lot more style and still efficient and dependable, Lennox Hearth Products has it.

LHP’s new Grandview™ 230 wood-burning stove, from its popular Country® Collection, delivers on all…

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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

Alexis MaklakoffGlen 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…

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

NewsBruce 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…

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Select Outdoor Kitchens Expands Into Hospitality Industry

NewsSelect 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…

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Napoleon Wins Two Vesta Awards at HPBExpo

NewsNapoleon® 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…

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