Hearth & Home Technologies today announces a proactive recall on certain gas valves in recently manufactured gas fireplace products from brands Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Quadra-Fire and Outdoor Lifestyles.
A potential defect in the screws used in valves on select products manufactured between May 1 and June 19, 2014 was identified through Hearth & Home Technologies’ internal quality testing processes at one of its manufacturing facilities. No incidents of product failure related to these valves have been reported, but Hearth & Home Technologies is issuing this recall notice to reinforce its commitment to consumer safety and is requiring all units manufactured within the isolated date range to be individually inspected for valve compliance and, if necessary, valve replacement.
Hearth & Home Technologies has communicated directly with trade customers and retail dealers on this issue and is working with them to ensure that all units manufactured within the isolated date range are individually inspected.
“The safety and peace of mind of our customers is our top priority,” said Robert Ballard, senior vice president of Marketing at Hearth & Home Technologies. “Our team will continue to work with our partners to ensure that any necessary replacements are handled efficiently and effectively.”
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Air Distribution Technologies, the parent company of venting brands Selkirk, American Metals and Hart & Cooley, was purchased June 16, 2014, by global giant Johnson Controls. It was purchased from the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board for a reported $1.6 billion.
Air Distribution Technologies, based in Richardson, Texas, is one of the largest independent providers of air distribution and ventilation products in North America. The acquisition added 48 locations and 7,000 employees to Johnson Controls.
Other product brands of Air Distribution Technologies include Ruskin, Titus, Krueger, PanBarry and Tuttle & Bailey, all used in building construction. Venting manufacturing facilities are located in Nobel, Ontario; Nampa, Idaho; Turner Falls, Massachusetts; Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Mexicali, Mexico.
Johnson Controls was created by Warren Johnson in 1885 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it’s still headquartered. He was the inventor of the electric room thermostat. In 2013 the company had global sales of $42.7 billion with 1,300 locations and 170,000 employees worldwide.
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The Norwegian trade union and Ratos AB, private equity owners in Stockholm, Sweden, approved the transfer of wood stove production to Jøtul’s North American headquarters. All wood and gas stoves, inserts and fireplaces sold in the North American market will be manufactured in Gorham, Maine. These moves will be phased in over the next several months in order to absorb nine different wood-burning models currently built in Norway. This development will double the current production of the Gorham facility.
“Doubling our manufacturing capabilities and hiring several new employees over the next six months will be extremely challenging, but it’s a challenge we gladly accept,” said Bret Watson, president and CEO of Jøtul North America.
“Having designed and manufactured all our gas products as well as many of the current wood products over the last 15+ years, this is a logical progression for us. Having more control over quality, better on-time delivery, and locating assembly closer to engineering can only be positive news for our customer base.”
Jøtul North America currently imports approximately 9,000 wood stoves from their parent company in Fredrikstad, Norway, to be sold throughout North America. Jøtul AS will continue to produce the cast-iron parts and flat pack them to Jøtul NA where they will be assembled.
Jøtul North America employs approximately 75 people and sells approximately 17,000 wood and gas stoves, inserts and fireplaces throughout North America annually.
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