It all began in 1976 when a small steel fabrication business started by Wolfgang Schroeter began manufacturing steel railings in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. At that time, no one imagined the incredible future that lay ahead for Wolf Steel Ltd. And eventually .... Napoleon Fireplaces and Gas Grills.
Since the first woodstove rolled off the production line in 1979, Wolf Steel’s commitment to success was to be distinctive and successful in everything they do. The original stove featured a solid cast iron two-door design and was produced in a one thousand square foot manufacturing facility. By 1981, the name “Napoleon” was born and with it, the first single glass door . . . a first in the industry . . . using Pyroceram high temperature ceramic glass and a cast iron frame, the first of many milestones for Wolf Steel. Over the next few years, the demand for Napoleon’s woodstoves grew beyond Ontario’s borders, and representatives throughout Canada and the United States were appointed to facilitate sales.
Napoleon works with its customers designing and implementing features sought after by discriminating consumers around the globe. Time after time, Wolf Steel has led the way with new and innovative patented technology . . . exclusive PHAZER® logs, luxurious Napoleon Gas Grills and some of North America’s most advanced state-of-the-art fireplace technology. Innovative engineering and design, advanced manufacturing techniques, dedicated customer service, outstanding product quality, and superior warranties distinguish Napoleon from its competitors.

Now, Napoleon (an ISO9001 - 2000 registered company) operates with 375,000+ square feet of manufacturing space, over 400 employees and is North America’s largest privately owned manufacturer of wood and gas fireplaces, free standing stoves, inserts, quality gas and charcoal grills, Napoleon barbecue accessories and patio heaters.

Napoleon’s commitment of producing quality products combined with honest, reliable service has proven to be a successful theory in ensuring the continued rapid growth of the company.

Johnson Gas Appliance was founded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1901. It has been in the same location, making top quality gas appliances for over 100 years.

Mendota Hearth, a division of Johnson Gas Appliance, makes award-winning gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts and gas stoves. Mendota is known as the finest gas fireplace in the industry and is nationally acclaimed for its beautiful log fire. It is the recipient of "Best of Show" award at the National Hearth Products Assoc. Expo.

Monessen Hearth Systems is a leading manufacturer and innovator of gas hearth appliances. Proudly manufactured in Paris, Kentucky, Monessen Hearth products are crafted with care by a dedicated skilled workforce that takes pride in providing high quality products for your home.

Monessen Hearth Systems manufactures a broad line of hearth products that utilize various venting technologies, including the popular direct vent and vent-free technologies. The Monessen product line offers a broad choice of gas logs, gas fireplaces, gas inserts and woodburning fireplaces as well as a broad selection of accessories to enhance the products' appearance in your home.

Monessen is committed to providing reliable and dependable hearth products that are 100% factory tested and supported by a broad network of authorized dealers throughout the U.S.

This commitment to excellence and dedication has allowed Monessen Hearth Systems to grow into one of the leading manufacturers in the hearth products industry.

Jøtul North America, Inc. was founded in 1980 when it acquired Kristia and Associates, the United States importer who had been importing Jøtul stoves since the early 70's. Prior to Kristia and Associates, various importers have been supplying Jøtul stoves to the US market since the turn of the century. Jøtul was a pioneer in the gas hearth products market in the U.S. during the mid-1980s, when the company imported and distributed a freestanding gas room heater.

Jøtul North America, Inc. is located at 400 Riverside Street in Portland, Maine. Management and Administrative functions are located in Portland, as are Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Shipping, Warehouse Operations, and Finance. All shipments of Jøtul stoves from Norway are sent to the United States by container ship into the port of Portland, Maine. In the summer of 1995, Jøtul North America's Portland facility began the final assembly of the product line of the gas room heaters that are distributed by the company.

Founded in 1973, Glen Dimplex is now the world's largest electrical heating business and holds significant market positions in the domestic appliance industry worldwide. With an annual turnover of €1.5 Billion, the Group employs 8,500 people.

Glen Dimplex remains privately owned and finances its ongoing expansion from its own resources. Fundamental to its success, is a policy of continuous investment in building brands, constant product innovation and providing its customers with the products which they aspire to.

The Group takes an international and entrepreneurial approach to managing its businesses, whilst avoiding a bureaucratic style of management. Building strong, vibrant and effective businesses is a fundamental business philosophy. These businesses are expected to operate to the highest standards of efficiency, quality and ethics, with a total focus on our customers needs.

The Group's exceptional growth has been made possible by a "can do" attitude to business by its employees and the tremendous support which it receives from its customers and suppliers.

Harman Stoves is one of the brands in the Hearth & Home Technologies family of brands. Hearth & Home Technologies™ is the world's leading producer and installer of hearth products.

Together, the Hearth & Home Technologies family of brands offers a product line unsurpassed in its breadth, including a full array of gas, electric, and wood burning fireplaces, inserts, stoves, grills, mantels and more. Our Heatilator and Heat & Glo brands are the strongest in the industry, and our products are designed to incorporate the very latest in materials and technology.

Yet, in spite of all the effort we devote to growth and innovation, we never lose sight of our primary mission: Making your house feel more like a home™.

As a company, Hearth & Home Technologies is driven by a burning commitment to quality, function and reliability. That dedication explains why our brands are not only the most well known, but also the most preferred by builders and homeowners alike.

Driving the growth of our brands have been two simple but timeless questions: How can we add comfort and convenience to the home? How can we create a safer, healthier environment within the home? Our answers, in the form of innovative products and features, have set increasingly high industry standards and opened new markets.

Our collective vision comes from people so vested in the company's success that we call them members, not employees. It comes from partners who work closely with homeowners and homebuilders. And part of that vision involves recognizing that the next great idea could come from anyone, regardless of job title or location. We also believe that leadership is an action, not a position.

At Hearth & Home Technologies, innovation is an ongoing endeavor. Today we create excellence in the marketplace, tomorrow we'll redefine it.

Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation. HNI Corporation was recognized for the sixth consecutive year as one of the 400 Best Big Companies in America by Forbes magazine in 2004, and one of America's Most Admired Company in the furniture industry by Fortune magazine in 2004.


A New Strategy

With fuel prices on the rise and the country in the midst of an energy crisis in the mid-1970's, T.H. Parker had an idea for keeping his large, 13-room upstate New York house warm during the upcoming harsh winter months: He would build his own wood-burning furnace.

Along with doing his normal daily work as a carpenter/builder, Parker began spending parts of his evenings working with his son on this new furnace as he tried to make his vision a reality.
Little did he realize, though, that his initial design would become a mainstay in many Northeastern homes and the basis for Marathon Heater Company Inc., a family business still going strong today more than 30 years later.

When Parker finished the first unit and installed it in his basement, it worked even better than he could have envisioned. Other people soon took interest in his design as well. A local NBC television affiliate even came to his basement to film a news story on his invention, reflecting the significance of his innovation in wood heating.

The Birth of “The Logwood”

The unexpected attention and interest generated by the initial design gave him the motivation to create more units. He formed a partnership with a welding company and started creating the Logwood line of furnaces. Marathon Heater Company Inc. was born.

Marathon Heater eventually moved their operation to Cortland, N.Y. in 1976 and teamed up with a sheet metal company in the area to further increase the amount of units being produced as demand increased. Within two years, Marathon Heater was working out of two buildings and pumping out furnaces by the truckload.

New Products, Same Quality

Besides creating several different sizes of wood burning furnaces, Marathon Heater also explored different methods of indoor heating. From 1977-1979, Marathon Heater unveiled a new line of hot water boilers.

What made Marathon Heater Company’s units so unique were the combinations available to users. Customers could buy a wood, coal, or combination unit, which gave home and business owners several heating options in an ever changing economy.

A New Facility

1982 represented a year of change for Marathon Heater. They consolidated their business from two rented buildings into their own building in Richford, N.Y., where they still operate out of today.

Transitional Period

Marathon Heater has been a model of steadiness and consistency throughout four decades. As the company made the transition from one generation to another, new marketing strategies and product ideas have given the business a great chance to thrive in the new millennium.

Now, with fuel prices once again rising sharply, a new generation of consumers are realizing that it can be much more affordable to heat their homes and businesses with wood and coal instead of oil. With another generation involved in the business, Marathon Heater is primed to continue its run as one of the leading manufacturers of indoor solid fuel central heating equipment in the Northeast.


MEYER MANUFACTURING CORPORATION (then known as Meyer's Machine Shop) was founded in 1944 by Alvin Meyer in Dorchester, Wisconsin. The original business was founded upon equipment repairs and the manufacturing of Snow Plows, Farm Wagons, Grain Elevators, Truck Racks, Forklifts and Mobile Homes. In 1951, Mr. Meyer patented a False-Gate Forage Box which was later redesigned into what is believed to be the first Self-Unloading Forage Box ever built, the M100. In 1962, and shortly after, Alvin's sons, Don and Larry and daughter, Judy, joined the business as it grew and expanded. Product lines were expanded to include Bale Racks, Portable Bunk Feeder/Bale Haulers, Rocky Mineral Feeders, Woodchuck Wood/Coal Furnaces, Farm Wagons, Rear Unload Forage Boxes and the Super Spreader Line of Waste Spreaders.

From its humble beginning as a Machine Shop, Meyer Manufacturing Has continued to expand its facilities implementing the lastest technologies into its superior product designs. Today, Meyer Equipment is seen throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe and Japan. Emphasis on customer satisfaction and commitment to product quality and advancement assure you of maximum productivity from its products. Meyer prides itself on tailoring products to meet the needs of all sized operations, farm and industrial.

Take a close look at our equipment. We are sure you'll see why for over 60 years ... "Farm Equipment buyers trust the name Meyer". Contact our staff by phone or e-mail to answer any questions on how Meyer can maximize your operation.


e·f·m (Electric Furnace Man) is one of the oldest names in heating in the United States. The company logo includes the phrase, “The finest in automatic heat”, which refers to the origins of the company as a manufacturer of coal stoker boilers.

Coal fired heating around the turn of the century was still a dirty and time consuming proposition. A coal stoker invented at e·f·m made it possible to feed coal automatically to the fire and even to change the feed rate in response to a thermostat. This innovation was a great time saver and improved the comfort of millions of Americans. Automatic heat, who would have thought it could make such a big difference. The e·f·m stoker boiler is still made today. But, in addition, e·f·m sells a wide variety of heating boilers and furnaces and related equipment for residential and small commercial applications.

The flagship product at e·f·m today is the PK Series of steel boilers. The PK design builds on the heritage of the original coal stoker at e·f·m by providing many years of reliable heating service with what we believe is the most serviceable heat exchanger and combustion chamber in the industry.

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