September 2017

In This Issue

Perspective:
An Amazing Achievement

Twice a year thousands of us in the patio furnishings industry travel to Chicago and the Merchandise Mart. There, by the river, we are met by eight large busts of leaders from times past.

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Fabric in His Genes

By Tom Lassiter

The intricacies and technicalities of dealing with textiles, sales, business and people have been passed down from father to son, from Allen to David Swers.

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Sitting Pretty

By Richard Wright

Summer chats with key patio furniture executives on the sales year, industry issues, company facts, and trends.

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Meet Derek Ritzel

By Tom Lassiter

The new CEO of Pride Family Brands is a numbers guy, and his crunching has already improved the company’s distribution system.

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German Engineering

By Richard Wright

Coming in at the high end, Spartherm brings its sophisticated wood-burning fireplaces to the North American market.

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Food For Thought

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Writer Lisa Mayer interviews five top executives in the barbecue industry on a variety of topics and issues.

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Not Yet a Blaze

By Bill Sendelback

EPA wood-burning fireplaces are slow to gain market share, as manufacturers spend time in the R&D department preparing for 2020.

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Look Who's Cookin'!

By Lisa Readie Mayer

The kids of Operation BBQ Relief co-founder Stan Hays appear on a Food Network show and put their skills on display.

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2017 July Business Climate

In early August, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare July 2017 sales to July 2016. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 216 useable returns.

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