RMHPBA November News Flash 2015



The RMHPBA’s Monthly Update

November 2015

In this Issue

Volunteer For the

Tailgate & Big Green

Egg Cook-off

Page 1

2016 Membership

Page 1


Page 2

HPBExpo Education


Page 3

HPBA Retailer News

Page 3

2016 Member


Page 3

Thanksgiving Patio-Palooza

Page 4

Upcoming Events

2016 HPBExpo

March 16-19, 2016

2016 Member Reception

March 16, 2016

Infographic courtesy of the HPBA

Comin’ Up In December



Government Affairs


Page 5 & 6

Volunteer for the

HPBExpo’s Fifth Annual

Outdoor Burn Tailgate &

Big Green Egg Cook-off

The HPBA is in need of retail member participation

at the 2016 HPBExpo’s Fifth Annual

Outdoor Burn Tailgate & Big Green Egg Cookoff!

If you would like to show off your grilling skills

next year and represent your region by competing

in the cook-off or participate as a judge,

the HPBA wants YOU! They are looking for a

max of six retail teams to compete (each team

to consist of two representatives from a retail

company). They also need three judges and are

looking for any retailer who holds a judging

certification or has judging experience.

There are only a certain amount of slots to fill

so participation will be on a first-come firstserve


This is an excellent opportunity to raise the

visibility of the retailer since the HPBA will be

promoting this event in the upcoming registration


Any teams signed up before

the holidays will be listed in

the brochure that is distributed

to 19,000+ individuals in the

hearth, barbecue and patio industries

and polybagged with

the January issue of Hearth and

Home Magazine. The HPBA will

also promote each team on the

show website and at Expo.

‘Tis the Season to Renew

Your HPBA Membership

Renew your RMHPBA membership for 2016!

Incase you need a reminder, the RMHPBA Membership

benefits include:

-Annual Member Reception (held at the EXPO)

-NFI Certification review & exam opportunities and


-Members only bi-monthly newsletter

-Monthly newsflash containing important events,

industry news and relevant legislative issues

- Member directory

- Member map and locator

-Discounts with business services including rental

cars, delivery services, and much more.

For questions, please contact Larry Grogran at rmhpba@outlook.com.

View HPBA membership benefits here.

Manufacturers, you may renew through myHPBA.

org. Don’t forget to review your section percentages

and update them if your business has changed.

If you believe you are the renewal contact and have

not heard from HPBA, please contact Adri Mundy

at mundy@hpba.org.

Take care of your membership renewal now, before

the new year begins!

View the cook-off flyer with more information



What are you waiting for? Register for the 2016


Exhibition: March 17-19, 2016

Education: March 16-19, 2016

Have you registered for the 2016 HPBExpo yet?

The 2016 HPBExpo will take place in New Orleans

from March 16-19, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial

Convention Center. Hear what HPBA Chairman

Jess Baldwin and other members are saying about

the show and why you need to be there next year

in this quick video filmed at the 2015 Expo.

New Orleans combines big city choices with small

town friendliness. Need more ideas? We’ve got the

information you need on getting around and what

to do while in New Orleans. Don’t forget to bookmark

the HPBExpo’s website as show information

for next year will continually post throughout the


Next year’s HPBExpo outdoor events take place

on St. Patrick’s Day, so the HPBExpo is throwing

a mini parade, New Orleans style! The Outdoor

Burn Area will also include the Varsity Motor

Coach/Sports Bar Area and entertainment. Other

trade show highlights include the Indoor New

Product Pavilion, First-Time Exhibitor Pavilion,

Attendees’ Choice Awards, Vesta Awards, 35+

Education sessions and manufacturer specific


Registration, Education & Housing Open

Register online for show badges, education, hotel

reservations, flights and car rentals


Be advised that onPeak is the official HPBA

housing partner - don’t be fooled by other travel

companies claiming to be affiliated with HPBA.

Through onPeak, HPBA is able to secure the lowest

rates, best hotels and the most complimentary

amenities during your stay in New Orleans, exclusive

only to HPBExpo guests.

Click here for the full list of current exhibitors.

Updated floor plans and exhibit space contracts

are now posted online.

Vote for the RMHPBA’s

Board of Directors!

The RMHPBA Board of Directors

nominations are in and we need your vote!

Download the ballot here

Please send completed ballots to rmhpba@

outlook.com or fax to 406-897-2310 by

December 4.

Thank you to our 2015


Associated Energy Systems

Olympia Chimney Supply, Inc.

Majestic Hearth

M&G DuraVent

RH Peterson CO.

RW Specialties, Inc.



HPBExpo Education


National Fireplace Institute (NFI)

The 2016 HPBExpo Education Program is a great

opportunity for industry members to learn from

some great instructors and a wide variety of topics.

There are three opportunities for manufacturers to

support our educational efforts.

Each year, the HPBA looks for one or two manufacturers

to show their support as the Expo Education

Sponsor. The education sponsors are promoted

with all the Expo education promotional material

throughout the coming months and on into the rest

of the year through the online training program.

New in 2016! Attendees that purchase an Education

Passport will receive a special notepad to keep track

of the numerous ideas they learn at Expo. There is

an opportunity for one company to be listed as the

sponsor for the notepads.

There are still time slots available in the Manufacturer

Specific Training sessions. This is your

opportunity to review your product line with Expo

attendees in a group setting.

Details on all three of these programs are available

from Rick Vlahos at HPBEF/(703) 524-8030.

HPBA Retailers News

Proper training for new employees that have no experience

in the hearth industry is critical. HPBEF

publishes a manual that makes that job much easier.

“Hearth 101: Introduction to Hearth Systems”

is the perfect solution. The manual is available in

a printed format or as a protected PDF document.

You can purchase the manual with or without

an online class that summarizes and reviews the

material. There is no easier way to quickly bring

new employees up to speed on the many facets of

the hearth industry. Manuals are available at the

HPBEF Store.

Hearth appliance retailers that sit back and wait

for customers to ask if their installers are NFI

Certified are missing a great opportunity to

stay one step ahead of their competition. The

National Fireplace Institute publishes a handy

brochure called “Play It Safe” that you can keep

on your display stoves or sales counter to remind

customers that they are building a fire in

the middle of their living room. Proper installation

is important for their safety and proper

functioning of their appliance. The brochures

are available in packages of 25 or 100. A Point

of Purchase Stand is also available to make it

easy to display. Brochures can be ordered at

NFI Store.


Member Reception

The RMHPBA is getting excited for the 2016

HPBExpo member reception! The reception

will be a joint event with affiliates including


HPBA Pacific! The combined reception will

have 18 states, with hundreds of awesome members



Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6-8 FULTON AL-

LEY, 600 Fulton St., New Orleans

(One half block from host hotel)

Stay tuned for




Gobble your way to “Thanksgiving

Patio-Palooza” prizes!

Thank you for your



Hogsett & Associates

The HPBA’s recent consumer attitude survey finds 14

percent of U.S. grillers cooked outside last Thanksgiving.

To raise that number even higher this year,

the HPBA barbecue communications team launched

a PR/social media campaign aimed at inspiring and

encouraging Thanksgiving grilling. The campaign is

called “Thanksgiving Patio-Palooza.”

Here’s what it includes:

Each day until November 25, the day before Thanksgiving,

the HPBA has been promoting member-submitted

Thanksgiving barbecuing tips or recipes with a

cleverly-designed infographic on the HPBA Facebook

and Twitter accounts. The HPBA hopes the 25 tips

in 25 days will inspire consumers to consider barbecuing

or grilling as part of their Thanksgiving meal


To encourage individuals to share their tips on their

own social channels, the HPBA is doing 25 daily

giveaways from HPBA members to consumers who

engage with the campaign.

Check out the HPBA’s Facebook and Twitter to particpate

and win a prize before the campaign ends!

Happy Thanksgiving from


Spa Brokers

Fruehauf’s Patio & Garden

The Warm Store

The Firebird

Lehrer Fireplace (Denver)

The Fireplace Company

Source Gas

Colorado Comfort Pds.

Rio Grande Co.

Appliance Factory Parts

Graham Associates

Service Monkey


HPBA Government Affairs Update

Deadlines for Retailers Is Looming on New

Woodstove Certification Program (NSPS)

HPBA reminds all retailers and distributors that EPA’s

new certification program has a retail sell-through

deadline of December 31, 2015. Over the next 60 days,

retailers, manufacturers’ representatives, and distributors

must complete the process of eliminating any

product from inventory that does not comply with the

Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recently-issued

New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).

HPBA had originally argued for a year of sell-through

(until May of 2016), but the EPA’s rule only granted

Step 1 sell-through to the end of this year. Members

are encouraged to review the document that HPBA

sent out last spring, which is posted here.

In related news, the HPBA’s judicial challenge of the

NSPS, we have not yet received a response from the

Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding our initial

settlement offer. Given the complexity of this issue,

HPBA anticipated that no response was likely until

November at the earliest. As soon as DOJ responds,

HPBA will alert the participating manufacturing member

companies. All HPBA members are reminded that

HPBA’s legal challenge is focused on Step 2 issues and

does not affect the Step 1 deadlines for any products.

Any questions can be sent to John Crouch at crouch@


HPBA Meets with Gas Company Regarding

Emerging Trend to New Homes with Solar

But No Gas

In October, staff from HPBA and HPBA Pacific,

along with several HPBA members, met with the staff

of Southern California Gas Company in Los Angeles

regarding a disturbing new trend towards new,

energy-efficient homes that are being built without

gas hearth products and, in many cases, with no gas

infrastructure at all. Of even greater concern than the

handful of subdivisions currently being constructed

this way is the potential for large production home

builders to plan most or all of their planned subdivisions

to be based purely on solar and electric power,

without gas. If the trend grows, the hearth industry

will see its market shrink. These decisions are reportedly

being driven by a concern for Zero Net Energy requirements

that are built into the Energy Code in California

-- considerations that are increasingly springing

up in future national model codes. HPBA staff held a

call with the Gas Hearth Appliance Section on October

28th on the issue and a related issue pertaining

to energy efficiency requirements for existing homes.

Members with questions can contact John Crouch.

25C Tax Credit for Biomass Stoves

As previously reported, the 25C tax credit for 75 percent

efficient or higher biomass stoves has been included

in Senate bill S. 1946, the “Tax Relief Extension Act

of 2015,” and in House bill H.R. 2517, the “Powering

American Jobs Act of 2015.” The language in both bills

would extend the tax credit two years, retroactive to

January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2016.

The current language specifies higher heating value

(HHV) as the metric to measure stove efficiency. Inclusion

of the HHV language could drastically lower

the number of previously-qualifying models which

would qualify for the tax credit extension. Please keep

in mind that, until a bill is signed by President Obama,

the efficiency method has not been finalized and there

is no certainty as to which appliances would ultimately

qualify if the legislation were to be signed into law.

The timing of a vote in the Senate and discussion in

the House is uncertain due to the recent shake up in

House leadership. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI-01),

Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee

which has jurisdiction over tax issues, will likely vacate

his position if he is successful in his bid for Speaker of

the House. This has caused a great deal of uncertainty

in the House and the future of tax legislation. Please

contact Rachel Feinstein at feinstein@hpba.org if you

have any questions.


HPBA Government Affairs Continued

Tom Pugh Government Affairs Academy


The Tom Pugh Government Affairs Academy (GAA)

will take place July 11-14, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

GAA will include two-and-a-half days of classroom

training on media relations, legislation important to

the hearth industry, and how to lobby your state and

federal lawmakers. The program will conclude with an

exciting day of meetings on Capitol Hill.

For the first time, the 2016 GAA will be open to

former graduates of the program. If you are a former

GAA student and would like to participate in a refresher

course and lobby day on Capitol Hill, please contact

Crystal Gitchell at gitchell@hpba.org.

If you are a member of HPBA or an HPBA Affiliate

and interested in participating, please contact the Executive

Director of your Affiliate or reach out to Crystal

at HPBA. Registration opens soon. Several Affiliates

have already reserved seats for the 2016 program,

and we expect the remaining seats to fill before the end

of 2015, so act soon if you would like to be considered

for one of the remaining seats.

Code Coordinators and State Industry Advocates

Are you interested in helping the hearth and barbecue

industries stay ahead of the curve in your state? HPBA

is looking for members to be local HPBA Code Coordinators

and State Industry Advocates. Many bills and

regulations will be introduced in 2016 that could be

harmful - or helpful - to our industries. Volunteer Coordinators

and Advocates will receive email alerts from

HPBA and have access to HPBA’s legislative tracking

system, which will allow you to read and distribute

information relevant to your state. You will be able to

provide reports to your Affiliate on potentially harmful

or helpful legislation and regulations. With your help,

HPBA and HPBA Affiliates will be able to mobilize local

manufacturers, retailers, and distributors when the

time comes to take action on a bill or regulation.

legislative tracking system on Thursday, November

12th at 2 p.m. EST. This is an invitation-only event, so

if you are interested in participating or in being a Code

Coordinator or State Industry Advocate in the upcoming

legislative session in your state, please contact

Crystal Gitchell for registration information.

2016 Member


So far, event sponsors include:

Olympia Chimney,

Jotul, RH Peterson,

Amantii Electric Fireplaces,

Morso, and Sierra


Please thank them if you see their representative

at your store!

Do you want to sponsor

this event, too?

Contact Larry Grogan at rmhpba@outlook.com

or 480-772-2169 with any questions or interest.

HPBA will be hosting a webinar on the new MultiState


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