May 2016

In This Issue

Perspective –
One Warm Winter

Before you read any more, go to the Business Climate and take a good look at the two temperature charts. The top chart is for the month of March only, and it shows temperatures throughout the country were either Above Normal or Much Above Normal.

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Outdoor Living

By Mike Beirne, Senior Edtior, Professional Builder

Outdoor living has come a long way from just a stark concrete slab with lawn chairs and a barbecue grill.

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Determan Steps Down

By Richard Wright

After 21 years in the hearth industry, Brad Determan backs away to spend more time with family and to “get the hell out of the way” of his understudy.

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Berger Steps Up

By Richard Wright

VP Berger’s task is to protect and grow a half-billion dollar hearth business while navigating through the vicissitudes of weather, the economy, fossil fuel prices, and the ever-changing tastes of consumers.

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A Howling Success

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Only six years old, Coyote Outdoor Living has marked its territory as the sweet spot of $1,000 to $3,000 grills.

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Help or Hindrance?

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Most lifetime grill warranties are complicated, confusing and, say some industry members, just not needed any more.

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Outside & In

By Tom Lassiter

Industry veteran Bruce Erickson opens the first Summer Classics Home store selling both SC and Gabby.

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2016 March Business Climate

In early April, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare March 2016 sales to March 2015. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 216 useable returns.

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