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BJI Appoints Vincent A. Tortorici, Jr. to Executive Vice President

Owners of Sierra Products Acquire Interest in Thelin Hearth Products

Twin-Star International Purchases Bell’O International Corporation

BJI Appoints Vincent A. Tortorici, Jr.
to Executive Vice President


Brown Jordan International, Inc. (“Brown Jordan”), the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of outdoor furniture and indoor hospitality furniture, has announced that Vincent A. Tortorici, Jr. has been promoted to executive vice president. He will also continue his role as chief financial officer, which he has held with the company and its predecessors since March 1988.

Tortorici has previously held positions as vice president and treasurer of the company, its predecessors and subsidiaries.

Vincent A. Tortorici, Jr.

“For over 20 years, Vincent has been a vital part of the company. His work ethic and commitment to the company and its employees is something to be admired. I look forward to the continued success of Vincent’s contributions,” said Gene J. Moriarty, Brown Jordan’s president and chief executive officer.

Prior to joining Brown Jordan, Tortorici was with Arthur Andersen & Co. (1976-1988). In September 2012, he was selected by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of the region’s “Ultimate CFOs.”

He holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in accounting from the University of Alabama and is a certified public accountant.

About Brown Jordan International, Inc.
Brown Jordan International owns and operates a leading portfolio of companies serving the indoor and outdoor furniture industry. The company offers a wide range of furniture products and accessories under its own brands (including Brown Jordan, Tropitone, Winston, Texacraft, Charter, Wabash Valley and Urbanscape), licensed brands (including La-Z-Boy Outdoor) and customer brands.

Brown Jordan maintains industry-leading design and product development capabilities comprised of highly experienced internal designers and independent designers. Products are sold to consumers as well as to hotels, resorts, multifamily housing managers, municipalities and other commercial customers.

The company is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, and expects to generate nearly $400 million of pro forma revenue across its six business units in 2014. Contact Brown Jordan International, Inc. at (502) 510-1505.


Owners of Sierra Products Acquire
Interest in Thelin Hearth Products

Robert and Karen Beck, owners of Sierra Products, have announced their acquisition of Cardon Products, dba Thelin Hearth Products, a world-class hearth product manufacturer.

“Thelin Hearth Products (THP) has been responsible for many innovative and distinctive designs and we look forward to their joining our business,” said Sierra Products’ principal Robert Beck. “Thelin is recognized for meticulous craftsmanship and innovative products, which makes them a perfect fit for our brand. Combining both companies' dealer bases provides a significant opportunity for increased revenue and improved financial performance.”

All three of the Thelin product categories – pellet, wood and gas units – will continue to be manufactured. Initially, Thelin Hearth Products will focus on dealer and consumer outreach and ensuring that parts and support services are easily available. “We are excited to continue the Thelin legacy and provide our dealers and consumers with quality products, support and services,” said Robert Beck.

 About Sierra Products and the Becks
Located in Montclair, California, Robert Beck and Sierra Products has manufactured quality heating and outdoor cooking products for more than 30 years. Sierra Products, under the brands Sierra, Easyfire, SweetHome and Innohearth, markets its products across the U.S. and prides itself on being an all-seasons manufacturer. As an industry leader, the Sierra Products team excels at providing unique product design, business integrity and exceptional customer service. 

Visit the Sierra Products website.
Visit the Thelin Hearth Products website.


Twin-Star International Purchases
Bell’O International Corporation


Twin-Star International, manufacturer of a wide range of award-winning home products and furnishings, has completed the purchase of Bell’O International Corporation, including the company's Bell’O Digital brand. 

Bell’O, founded in 1988 and headquartered in Morganville, New Jersey, manufactures and markets audio/visual furniture, accessories, home theater seating, metal decorative beds, upholstered headboards and desks. The Bell’O Digital brand produces consumer electronic accessories such as digital headphones, AV cables, TV mounting brackets, and power surge protection devices. Under a licensed agreement with mattress powerhouse, Serta, Bell’O also markets a collection of metal beds and frames.

“Bell’O has a long standing reputation for superior design and quality products, making for an excellent fit with Twin-Star’s strategy and our existing product lines,” said Robert Cohen, Twin-Star’s CEO. “The synergistic strength established by blending our companies will provide our customers with a greater array of innovative, must-have products and improve the distribution capabilities of both companies.”

“We began partnering with Twin-Star earlier this year to bring our customers the industry’s best electric fireplaces,” said Bell’O CEO Marc Sculler. “That relationship proved to be so successful that we immediately saw additional opportunities to leverage our combined strengths and work together for the benefit of our customers. 

“In particular, both organizations have a strong focus on new product development and bringing innovative products to our customers, which is core to our success. Our management team is extremely excited about the opportunity for the growth of our collective brands. This acquisition will result in significant growth and opportunity for the companies and our retail partners.”

Contact Cathy Lloyd
, The Media Matters, (336) 956-2488.

Visit the Twin-Star International website.
Visit the Bell'O website.

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