November 2017

In This Issue

Reinventing a Company

By Bill Sendelback

Dennis Allen was brought in as president and CEO of IHP to continue the work started by Mark Klein; a key goal is to create products for the upper end of the market.

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Outdura Steps Up

By Mark Brock

Investments in technology, people and design are taking the company to another level, but its roots remain in the small town of Hudson, North Carolina.

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Est. 1876

By Bill Sendelback

In Philadelphia, down the street from Independence Hall, Dreifuss Fireplaces has been selling hearth products for 141 years.

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Barbecue: The Movie

By Lisa Readie Mayer

A three-year, worldwide effort by two filmmakers shows the amazing power of barbecue to bring people together.

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European Hearth Trends

By Bill Sendelback

Wood burning and contemporary styling rule the hearth market in most of Europe, while pellet appliances do quite well in France and, particularly, Italy.

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The Sharing Economy

By Lisa Readie Mayer

The major trend of on-demand sharing services is disrupting traditional retail, hospitality and other industries, but there’s a way to turn that negative into a positive for your business – read on!

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Radon in the Home

By James E. Houck

The design of new housing, and the modification of existing housing to mitigate exposure in radon rich areas, can influence the type of hearth products, as well as other related energy products, that are installed.

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HPBA is actively protecting your interests.

HPBA’s Government Affairs team has been busy ensuring that our members’ businesses thrive. Whether contending with challenging regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency or working to limit regulations on gas hearth appliances.

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2017 September Business Climate

In early October, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare September 2017 sales to September 2016. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 189 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Fire in/the Mountains

The town of Breckenridge, Colorado, is well known for skiing in the winter and hiking, fly-fishing, mountain biking and white water rafting in the summer months. It’s also known for its Festival of Film held every September, and in January it hosts the Backcountry Film Festival.

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