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AGIO-USA Partners With Major Outdoor Rug Supplier

Innovative Hearth Products Plans Grand Re-opening Event

AGIO-USA Partners
With Major Outdoor Rug Supplier


A new partnership has been announced between two leaders in outdoor furniture and accessory rugs that will complement outdoor furniture collections found in both traditional and specialty bricks-and-mortar furniture retailers and casual furniture specialists.

Agio-USA has made an exclusive arrangement to sell nuLOOM rugs through its sales and distribution network; nuLOOM will continue its existing e-commerce business through its own salesforce.   

Agio-USA wanted to find a company at the top of the field in the category, according to company officials. nuLOOM, which is primarily focused on online sales for its fashionable rugs, will now gain entry into bricks-and-mortar furniture stores through the new relationship with Agio-USA and its outdoor sales representatives.

The arrangement makes sense to Andy Sokol, vice president, Sales/Furniture Stores for Agio-USA.

“With the growing popularity of the outdoor room, we’ve seen the need for more accessory items,” Sokol said. “Outdoor rugs add color as an accessory to your outdoor furniture collection, create a nicer looking living space, and provide the practical benefit of having a rug under your feet in the walk area.” For the stores, it is an easy way to add to the ticket and the rug does not require any additional floor space.

With a large assortment of interesting motifs, nuLOOM takes inspiration from designs found in nature, textiles and architecture from around the globe and combines them with 100 percent polyester or polypropylene fabrics. The rugs, with sizes from 5-by-8 to 9-by-12 ft., are UV treated to prevent fading and can be easily cleaned with a garden hose.

Agio-USA is working with nuLOOM to coordinate designs that complement outdoor furniture trends and styles. By providing examples of complementary rugs on display in their showrooms, outdoor furniture retailers can show how to accessorize their collections and make it easier for customers to imagine what would go best with the collection they intend to purchase.

According to Sokol, Agio-USA offers larger retailers a customized program to match an outdoor furniture collection with a nuLOOM rug that creates a unique furniture group that only one retailer will have. Direct container programs are also available in addition to the domestic program.  

Sokol added that for retailers in either outdoor specialty or traditional furniture, the benefits are comprehensive: a quality product, attractive price points, a domestic place to find product, the latest fashions from a good and trusted source, and inventory here in the States that can ship quickly.

“We’ve found a very good company with a lot of experience in the rug business to partner with us in this program,” he said. “We are excited about this opportunity.” 

nuLOOM has been an e-commerce channel supplier since its inception. The company’s rugs are manufactured in Egypt, China and Turkey but kept in a 110,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Cranbury, New Jersey, for quick shipping. The minimum order is $1,000.

“Agio-USA is the exclusive sales force for nuLOOM’s outdoor product line with brick-and-mortar stores,” Sokol said. “We are competitively priced and have a lot of designs from which to choose. In addition, rugs can be obtained quickly out of the warehouse and retailers don’t have to make a major commitment.”

 FACT SHEET: Style/Fashion

  • Machine Made and Hand Hooked –
    both have high and low-priced designs
  • The rugs are manufactured in Egypt, China or Turkey
  • Made for outdoors. Some are 100 percent polypropylene,
    some are 100 percent polyester
  • All are UV treated for outdoors
  • Rugs can be cleaned with a garden hose

150 different styles –
30 examples can be seen in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart Showroom #1618 and High Point at The Showplace, #1425.

Visit the Agio-USA website.
Visit the nuLOOM website.


Innovative Hearth Products
Plans Grand Re-opening Event


Innovative Hearth Products (IHP), the manufacturer of Astria, IronStrike and Superior brand fireplaces, stoves, inserts and accessories, announced the grand re-opening ceremony of its Russellville, Alabama, facility on Tuesday, October 28 at 1:30 pm, CDT. The ceremony commemorates the company’s renovation and expansion of the facility, which involved a 14-month, $14 million investment that has resulted in 225 new jobs to the local and surrounding communities.

To address manufacturing and sales growth, IHP enlarged the original 105,000 sq. ft. operation to 320,000 sq. ft. The company acquired new state-of-the-art equipment, and transferred necessary equipment from its Union City, Tennessee, and Santa Ana, California, facilities to the renovated Alabama location.  n addition IHP dedicated numerous hours to advanced employee training over several months, in preparation for the factory’s re-opening.

IHP is dedicating the facility to friend and former employee Charlie Krosp, who was instrumental in opening the plant in 2004. Krosp productively managed the operation for a number of years before retiring in 2011. In his honor, the new factory will be referenced as “Charlie’s Campus” with a plaque in the visitor’s lobby to honor him and his long-time devotion to the company.

Mark Klein, CEO

The grand reopening event will host company employees including Mark Klein, CEO, industry professionals, community leaders, and dignitaries, including Russellville, Alabama, Sen. Roger Bedford, Representative Johnny Jack Morrow and Mayor David Grissom.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will precede guided tours of the facility, which are scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm and will be led by IHP plant manager Sam Scarbrough and his team.

 “We look forward to a long, solid relationship with the Russellville community,” said Glenn Thomson, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at IHP. “We have many hard-working, loyal employees as well as a number of staff members who have transferred from our Union City operation devoting their time and energy to the operation’s success and advancement.”

Offering a diverse family of products for every style and budget, Innovative Hearth Products (IHP), backed by the Comvest Group, is the only manufacturer with offerings in every fireplace category. IHP is the leading manufacturer of indoor and outdoor fireplaces, fireplace inserts, free-standing stoves, gas log sets, accessories, and venting products for specialty retail, residential new construction and industrial markets. IHP has manufacturing plants in Auburn, Washington, Russellville, Alabama, and Santa Ana, California, as well as corporate offices in Nashville Tennessee.

Visit the website.  

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