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M&G DuraVent Gets Bradford White Approval for All Power Direct Vent Commercial

M&G DuraVent announced today that it has gotten more key approvals for PolyPro Venting Systems. Bradford White has now approved PolyPro single-wall, concentric, and flex for all Power Direct Vent tank-type water heaters that accept PVC, CPVC or ABS venting.

All Power Direct Vent models are approved to be vented with PolyPro. Bradford White’s approval includes their High Efficiency Condensing Commercial, Power Direct Vent Commercial, Residential Power Direct Vent, and Residential Power Vent models.

“DuraVent is pleased to have a relationship with Bradford White and others - offering the market an opportunity to vent with PolyPro, an excellent venting product…

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Gloster held its 4th Annual ART Event

During the week of February 11 forty resellers from across the country assembled at Gloster’s headquarters in South Boston, VA where Gloster held its 4th annual ART (Advanced Reseller Training) event.

The training was led by Eric Parsons – President, Charles Vernon – Managing Director and Nick Powell – Brand Director.

The attendees received information on Gloster’s company history, marketing strategy, product knowledge, care & maintenance, cushion development and much more. 

The group stayed at Berry Hill Plantation and was treated to fine foods, cocktails… and ghost stories.

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Homecrest Outdoor Living Appoints Johnson as Newest Sales Rep

Homecrest Outdoor Living Appoints Johnson as Newest Sales Rep

Homecrest Outdoor Living has announced the appointment of Greg Johnson as the newest Sales Representative for the outdoor furniture brand. Based in Tampa, Florida Johnson’s primary focus will be sales in the state of Florida.

“Greg fits the mold of the type of representative we are looking for”, says Todd Wingrove, Director of Sales at Homecrest. “A hard-working, results oriented type of person that goes to work every day expecting success.” With Homecrest new Aluma-Roc swivel, landed freight programs and one-grade fabrics, Homecrest has the style, comfort and quality to make major impact for Florida’s retailers.

Johnson is a 21…

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Twilight Modern Fireplace by Heat & Glo® Wins the IBS Best of Show Award

Twilight Modern Fireplace by Heat & Glo® Wins the IBS Best of Show Award

The Heat & Glo® Twilight Modern indoor/outdoor gas fireplace received top honors from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as the winner of the Best of Show Award in the Outdoor Living category at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in January.

Winners were chosen by an independent judging panel made up of editors and building professionals. Products with the best combination of design, functionality and innovation were recognized in five categories: Best Home Technology, Best in Outdoor Living, Best Indoor Feature, Best Kitchen or Bath Product, and Overall Best in Show.

The Twilight Modern is a two-sided gas fireplace…

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Solair® Shade Solutions Sends Patio Retailer to the U.S Virgin Islands

Solair® Shade Solutions Sends Patio Retailer to the U.S Virgin Islands

Solair® Shade Solutions announces that Ronald Skeean of Atlanta-based patio store, Casual Image, will receive a trip for two to the Westin St. John Resort & Villas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Skeean was randomly selected to win the luxury vacation after entering in Solair’s Virgin Islands giveaway contest held during the 2012 International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market. The contest sought to encourage patio retailers to learn more about the demand for awnings and the benefits these stylish shade products offer homeowners and business owners alike.

Located in Marietta, Ga., Skeean and Casual Image have been active…

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Solair® Shade Solutions Expands Welcomes Lindsay Kakavas

Solair® Shade Solutions Expands Welcomes Lindsay Kakavas

Trivantage™ LLC, the nation’s largest distributor of specialty fabrics and associated products, recently welcomed a new team member to their growing division of shade products. Lindsay Kakavas, a seasoned CRM expert, serves as commercial account manager for Solair® Shade Solutions.


In her new position at Solair, Kakavas plays an integral role in the development of strategic initiatives for customer retention and relationship management. Additionally, Kakavas liaises closely between Solair and the Trivantage sales team to fully understand patio store needs and provide meaningful benefits that will continue to build loyalty with existing customers.


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Pride Family Brands Recognizes Independent Sales Representatives

Pride Family Brands Recognizes Independent Sales Representatives

Pride Family Brands presented awards to its high-performing sales-representation team during the 2012 Chicago International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™. The 2012 Pride Family Brands Sales Representative of the Year Award went to Bill Heckman of Heckman Marketing, a Pride representative for Arizona and Southern Nevada. This award recognized overall excellence in customer service, territory and sales growth, and superior product knowledge of the company’s Castelle brand. Heckman, who began Heckman Marketing in 1990, has been a member of the Pride sales team since 2009.

Steve Tunnicliffe, Pride’s representative for Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Western Pennsylvania, was recognized with…

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Pride Family Brands Recognized as Outstanding Manufacturer in Cast-aluminum Category

Pride Family Brands Recognized as Outstanding Manufacturer in Cast-aluminum Category

For the second consecutive year, Pride Family Brands has been recognized with an award for manufacturing superiority for outdoor furnishings in the castaluminum category. The Manufacturing Leadership Award is based on criteria encompassing the entire association between the manufacturer and retailers. The award was presented at a recent ceremony during the Chicago International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™.

The recognition highlights Pride’s excellence in design, quality of manufactured goods, merchandising, customer service, ethics/trade relations, and communications. The designation is determined following a vote by outdoor-furnishing retailers in the International Casual Furnishings Association.

Accepting the award at a ceremony…

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