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Innovative Hearth Products History

A Legacy of Premiere Hearth Brands

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1978 FMI Company Began

The origin of Fireplace Manufacturers Inc. later referred to as FMI was an extension of masonry based company owned by the Harris family. The boom of construction in southern California sparked the start of this company which grew to be a national firm that focused on the builder markets throughout the country.

1983 Introduced Vanguard Brand

Vanguard originated in Bowling Green, Kentucky and served as a supplier to the LP industry. The brand featured a variety of heating products such as space heaters, vent-free heaters and logs and expanded to a variety of products.  This brand was part of the Desa International company.

1998 FMI purchased by Desa

The FMI Company sold to Desa International, one of the early business consolidators within the hearth industry. This created a specific division that focused on the specialty hearth and builder related customers

2000 Lennox Hearth Products Began

Lennox Industries (LII) HVAC division has been at the forefront of residential heating and cooling innovation for more than 100 years. In 1994 LII becomes the first HVAC manufacturer to enter the hearth products market with the introduction of gas fireplaces. In 2000 Lennox Hearth Products is born out of the acquisition of several of the market leaders in the hearth industry. These acquisitions included Marco, the Southern California company Superior Fireplace which began in the 1930’s, and a few stove and insert companies including Country Stoves, originally established in 1977.

2004 Introduced Design Dynamics Brand

Design Dynamics was created and patented some unique design capabilities of vented and vent-free logs. This technology is still used today in both stand-alone products and as part of gas fireplaces within the standard offering. In 2004, Desa acquired them and folded the division into FMI.

2009 FMI Sold and Restarted

During the banking downturn in 2008 the parent company, Desa, was forced into receivership. The management team from the FMI segment acquired the assets of their division and started a new company.

2009 Introduced Vantage Hearth Brand

After the creation of the new company in March of 2009, the Vantage Hearth brand was created to support the Vanguard customers.

2012 Innovative Hearth Products Began

Lennox International announced that the hearth division was for sale in the fourth quarter of 2011. April of 2012 Comvest, an investment firm in West Palm Beach, Florida, secured the assets. Later in September of 2012 Comvest acquired the assets of FMI Products, LLC and merges the two. The outcome is Innovative Hearth Products, a leading manufacturer of fireplaces, fireplace inserts, free-standing stoves, gas log sets, accessories, and venting products.

2014 The Lennox brand transitions as IHP Brands emerge

The Lennox brand name for stoves and inserts goes away in early 2014. The origin of this great line came from many outstanding specialty companies that were acquired to become the brand. The new stove and insert brand, IronStrike, emerges… a strong name for some strong legacy hearth products like the wood collection of Country Stoves, and the Pellet Collection of Whitfield Pellet.

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Mission Statement

Innovative Hearth Products is a collection of Legacy brands with outstanding quality, exceptional value and superior features. The legacy of the companies go back in history for many decades and the legacy of the products and people are the same. The company prides itself in this legacy for many aspects of how they conduct business.
  • Integrity of their products and their commitment to their customers.
  • Honesty in the presentation of the product and the relationship with their customers
  • Commitment to follow through on the delivery of their promises.
  • Value they provide to the products and to the customers.
By offering brands from IHP, you enjoy an instant advantage in the marketplace.
  • One of the industry’s widest selections of wood-, gas- and pellet-burning fireplaces and stoves.
  • Styles that meet every taste—from modern to traditional—and prices that meet every budget.
  • Unique designation of eco-friendlier products, called Burn Smart™. Products utilizing Burn Smart™ and PureFire™ meet the highest standards for clean burning.
Our objective is to surpass our customer’s expectations!

Technology & Capabilities

Infini-Flame™ technology

Infini-Flame burner – the development goal was to deliver more flame per Btu than any of our competitors. The end result is an industry leading flame with a fraction of the Btu input
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FullFlame™ technology

FullFlame Burner Technology – Allows a great Btu range while maintaining the look of a natural fire. Also uses multiple channels each delivering unique air/fuel ratios to generate glow and tall wavering flames as opposed to the “one or the other” approach that conventional burners yield.

TFT™ (Thermal Fin Technology)

This proven technology incorporates a cast-iron heat exchanger into the design and provides 32% more surface area than standard stove designs. It also increases the heat output temperatures, which help to reduce fuel consumption and your cost of operation. The end result is more heat for less money, so you can enjoy the perfect amount of warmth without draining your wallet.
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