The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is Acquired By Hearth & Home Technologies

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™, a leading manufacturer and supplier of premium outdoor living products, announces its acquisition by Hearth & Home Technologies®

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is a Minnesota based company, located in Lakeville, Minnesota.  Founded in 2003 by hearth industry veteran, Dan Shimek, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company was the first to enter the gas fire pit category, positioning the company as the expert on outdoor fire.

Gerry Shimek, CEO of The Outdoor GreatRoom Company, stated “We are proud to have built on our brother Dan’s legacy by adding a full offering of outdoor gas fire pit tables, gas fire burners, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture and custom products for residential and commercial use. We are very excited to now be part of Hearth & Home Technologies, another great company who shares our culture of commitment to innovation and quality.”

“Today, we are pleased to welcome the employees and customers of The Outdoor GreatRoom Company to the Hearth & Home Technologies family,” said VP Berger, President of Hearth & Home Technologies. “Outdoor living is not just a trend, it’s now a core design element as consumers appreciate the benefits of moving outside the four walls of their home to relax and entertain. We are very optimistic that the talented team members and extensive product offering of The Outdoor GreatRoom Company will put Hearth & Home Technologies in a leadership position in this important growth segment.”

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
The Outdoor GreatRoom Company manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, ready-to-finish fire pits and fireplaces, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, mantels, custom, and commercial-grade products. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Launches Bronson Block Gas Fire Pit Collection

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is excited to debut the Bronson collection to its line of gas fire pits.

Bronson Block Gas Fire Pit Kits are available in two shapes: round and square. The Bronson Round and Bronson Square kits feature all the materials needed for someone to build their own gas fire pit.

Both DIY fire kits utilize durable, long-lasting hardscape pavers that vary between colors of red, brown, grey, and tan. The variation of color offers a unique, one-of-a-kind look for each fire pit. The collection also includes a Crystal Fire® Plus gas burner insert and plate, control panel, two vent blocks for proper ventilation, and tumbled lava rock.

Many landscaping companies incorporate similar paver blocks when installing a woodburning firepit. The Bronson Round and Bronson Square utilize liquid propane or natural gas, instead of wood, for a convenient, smoke-free alternative to bringing heat to the backyard.

“Some cities do not allow wood burners in backyards due to burn bans,” said Joey Shimek, Vice President of Sales. “We created the Bronson kits to remedy this issue, as well as provide an easy, do-it-yourself project that anyone can complete from start to finish.”

Also released in the launch of the collection are optional concrete tops for the Bronson Round kit, available in Limestone Tan or Charcoal Grey. Each concrete top offers a contemporary design for a smooth, clean-lined finish. Four total pieces (sold separately) are needed to complete the look.

Patent pending burner technology is utilized with each kit to produce the tallest, brightest, and most reliable flame. All Crystal Fire® Plus burners engineered by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) are UL Listed for safety and quality.

The Bronson Block collection is made, assembled, and shipped in the United States. Get your outdoor project started today by finding one of our local dealers near you.

Looking for fire without the paver blocks? The OGC offers round and square Do-it-Yourself Crystal Fire® Plus burner kits for those who want to use their own landscaping materials. Simply build your own non-combustible fire pit enclosure and insert the burner in the opening of the base. Control panel, vents, and clear glass fire gems are included with each DIY burner kit.

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Introduces New Cove Linear Collection

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is thrilled to debut the Cove Linear Collection to its product line of gas fire pit tables.

The new collection consists of two linear sizes. The 54-inch and 72-inch Cove Linear Gas Fire Pit Tables are constructed of durable, Supercast™ concrete and available in three color variations: Natural Grey, Midnight Mist, and White.

Both fire tables incorporate a smooth, clean-lined finish to support a modern and minimalistic style. Included in the design are matching pedestals as an optional look for added depth and height.

The creation of the Cove 54” and Cove 72” Linear tables is in response to a higher emphasis being placed on outdoor designs within commercial applications. As a leader in the outdoor living industry, the OGC constantly aims to create innovative products for commercial and residential use.

“We’ve experienced a high demand for long-lasting, fixed outdoor features for commercial complexes and higher-end homes,” said Michael Mudge, Commercial Sales Representative for Fireside Home Solutions. “The contemporary design and strong structure of this new collection is meeting the needs of outdoor designers and builders everywhere.”

Also released in the launch of the Cove Linear Collection is an optional Stainless Steel Trim Overlay and Stainless Steel Burner Cover. Both accessories further enhance the durability and modern look of each table. Clear glass gems are included with each table–tumbled lava rock, black lava rock, glass wind guard, and other fire media sold separately.

Crystal Fire® Plus burner technology is utilized as the focal point of the Cove Linear gas fire pits. The Cove 54” includes a 12” x 42” Crystal Fire® Plus Burner Insert and Plate Kit. The Cove 72” uses a 12” x 64” burner kit. Each Crystal Fire® Plus burner is UL Listed for safety and quality.

Users have the option to implement an electronic ignition system, known as Direct Spark Ignition, for upgraded control and safety features. Direct Spark Ignition features an on/off configuration rather than a manual knob. Control panel options range from an on/off switch, 4-hour timer, emergency stop button, remote, or a Bluetooth smart app for ease-of-use and closer monitoring.  

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Introduces Virtual Showroom Experience

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ launches its first-ever Virtual Showroom Experience.

Powered by virtual software 3DVista, the new Virtual Showroom is an immersive way for guests to discover new and popular outdoor living products manufactured by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC). The Brooks Fire Table and 30-inch Cove Bowl are a few popular products featured in the tour.

The Virtual Showroom incorporates lifestyle videos, informational handouts, and product page website links to deliver a personalized interaction between sales representatives, partnered businesses, and consumers.  Easy-to-use buttons and an engaging visual interface are included to create a seamless experience.

The creation of the OGC’s Virtual Tour is largely in response to tradeshows and in-person events cancelled due to the pandemic. It now serves as an impactful tool for educating customers on OGC product offerings.

“In any ordinary year, The OGC travels around the country to visit dealers and attend tradeshows, such as Casual Market and HPBExpo,” said Sales Manager David Shimek. “The Virtual Showroom allows even more dealers, sales representatives, and distributors to see our new products and interact with them in an innovative way.”

OGC dealers and distributors can now utilize the Virtual Showroom to share product information with eager homeowners in a safe and comfortable manner.

“The ability for customers to browse the OGC’s line of gas fire pit tables from the convenience of their homes, especially in a time when physical showrooms may have limited hours or occupancy, is invaluable,” said Eastern Sales Representative Marc Hardesty.

 The Virtual Tour is live and available for use. Visit here to take a trip to The Outdoor GreatRoom Company’s showroom headquartered in Burnsville, MN. Contact sales@outdoorrooms.com for a guided tour with one of our representatives.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
The Outdoor GreatRoom Company manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, ready-to-finish fire pits and fireplaces, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, mantels, custom, and commercial-grade products. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Adds Cove Edge to Popular Cove Collection

Cove Edge Gas Fire Pit Bowl with flame on and a lake and patio in the background.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is excited to add the Cove Edge Gas Fire Pit Bowl to its popular Cove Collection.

The Cove Edge joins the contemporary Cove Collection as a unique and ultramodern outdoor fire feature. It is constructed of unique Supercast™ concrete with three color variations to choose from: Natural Grey, White, or Midnight Mist. The ledge of the bowl is thin in design to imitate a more familiar bowl look.

“The new bowl is truly a complement to an already popular collection,” Hearth and New Construction Manager Jeff Hanel said. “Its unique mold and use of durable Supercast concrete makes it the perfect product for a commercial or residential application.”

The thin edge of the bowl offers a seamless profile that fits a modern landscaping design. Color variations and wear are common attributes to give each bowl a unique and personal look. The Edge propane or natural gas fire pit is manufactured in the United States to ensure its quality and short lead times for faster shipping.

While the Cove Edge round firepit is setup for liquid propane, an installer can convert to natural gas using the included conversion kit. The 42-inch Crystal Fire® Plus burner insert and plate is UL Listed for safety and quality. The gas fire feature does not fit a 20-pound propane tank in its base.

The Cove Edge is available now and shipping right from the United States. All Cove Edge gas fire pits include clear glass gems–tumbled lava rock, glass wind guard, and other fire media sold separately. More products will be released this year.

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Cove Edge Gas Fire Pit Bowl collection by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company. Photo includes all three color options: Midnight Mist, Natural Grey, and White.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Welcomes Vice President of Engineering

Gregg Achman Vice President of Engineering joins The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

As the leader in the outdoor living and hearth industries, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is excited to announce the addition of industry expert Gregg Achman to their family of innovators.

Achman brings his strong expertise and insight to the manufacturing and engineering teams as the Vice President of Engineering. His position will focus on overseeing the new product process including research, technical services, and quality control.

“As a leader, I hope to use my experiences to continue growing the business,” Achman said. “I look forward to getting back to my roots and being more involved in the day-to-day product development cycle.”

Achman brings 33 years of experience in the hearth industry to his new position. He is currently active in the ANSI/CSA test standards process and resides on multiple technical subcommittees including the HPBA Gas and Solid Fuel Product Section Committee.

As a long-time expert at Hearth and Home Technologies® and Heat-N-Glo®, Achman held positions from Design Engineer to Direct of Quality and Vice President of Engineering. He possesses a Mechanical Engineering degree from North Dakota State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

“Achman’s experience makes for an exciting opportunity to help OGC continue to be an innovative leader in the industry,” Vice President of Operations Eric Hawkinson said. “His focus on product advancement and quality will aid in enhancing the overall customer experience.”

In his free time, Achman enjoys playing golf, being outside, volunteering, and spending time with his family.

Interested in joining our team? Check out our careers page.

Closed July 3rd / 4th of July Celebration Ideas

Spending time with family and friends, grilling classic American meals, and a night sky filled with colorful fireworks is what makes the 4th of July so great. It’s also the time of the year to celebrate and appreciate America’s independence. While we are closed on July 3rd in observance of the holiday, we wanted to give you our best tips in making your holiday celebration memorable:

Go Color Crazy

Although hosting may feel overwhelming, it is possible to pull off an enjoyable event. With red, white, and blue being the color theme associated with Independence Day, there’s no reason to hold back on festive decorations and tableware. Don’t forget to buy some American flags for the kiddos to wave around and enjoy. For the trendy, hip teenagers (or adults!), put together a 4th of July photobooth with fun, colorful props for a fun and creative way to show patriotism. Tag us or use #BringHomeOutside and we might just feature you on our social media pages!

natural, contemporary look Cove 1242 Gas Fire Pit Table with Glass Wind Guard by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or poolside theme

Did Someone Say Pool Party?

If your family has a backyard pool, a pool party filled with fun water games and a lounging area might be the perfect, most refreshing solution in bringing people together. Once the temperature starts to drop, you can follow along with the theme and enjoy a nice, warm fire with the Cove gas fire pit table. The Cove fire pit series, along with other fire features, fits right in with a pool or spa to give you ultimate rest and relaxation. While you watch the firework display in the sky, the Cove fire pit can sit poolside and keep the whole family warm with its cozy, dazzling flames. Try not to let it distract you from the fireworks!

Rustic, corrugated Denali Brew Linear Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or backyard space

No pool? No problem! Set up a few yard games like cornhole, horseshoes, or ladder ball to keep your guests entertained and the party lively. Even if you don’t have a pool, you can still celebrate the fireworks with a warm fire feature. Once the sun sets and the fireworks start, gather around a Denali Brew Fire Pit Table and enjoy a cold beer. Its unique design and rustic finish will fit perfectly in your lawn or backyard entertaining space.

Custom Kitchen for Outdoor Cooking and Grilling by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your backyard or patio entertaining space

Hold My Beer

When it comes to the fourth, grilling is one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday. Perhaps in your family tradition, you have the same person grilling every year. Why not introduce a grilling cook-off as a unique way to enjoy some delicious food? Corral the best cooks and most ambitious dads to see who can make the best burger, chicken, or steak. Setting up a hot dog bar with various condiments is another creative way to make your meal a fun activity. The Kenwood Linear Dining Gas Fire Pit Table can host your fantastic meals while you rave over who made the best main dish. Before the competition begins, it’s important to know a popular design trend in outdoor living—custom kitchens. Designing your own kitchen with the perfect grill, amount of storage space, and a mini fridge puts on a stunning display for hosting and enjoying family meals in your outdoor room.

Modern, stylish design Kenwood Dining Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for family meals, outdoor dining, and backyard gatherings

We hope you enjoy your 4th of July this year, and we at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company will certainly be joining in on the festivities. Whether you are watching a firework show near you or decide to spend it at home, stay safe and make memories that’ll last until for years. In observance of the holiday, our headquarters will be closed July 3, 2020.

Enjoyed reading our blog? Sign up for our newsletter! Get your backyard ready for 4th of July celebrations: receive a free glass wind guard and protective cover with purchase of select square fire pit tables. Visit here for more details.

OGC Leaders Participate in Think GREAT Leadership Program

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) participated in the Think GREAT Leadership Connection Program designed to improve productivity and strengthen relationships within the workplace. Influential speaker, former marine, and author Erik Therwanger led the program and walked through important aspects of building a successful company and developing togetherness among coworkers.

The Leadership Connection book

This program helped leaders further develop essential tools in being key contributors within the company. All team members, including interns, were encouraged to participate in the series. A few sessions of honest, constructive discussion took place on how the OGC can be a more dynamic and collaborative workplace.

A main focus of the program was the importance of culture and communicating effectively.

“Communication has been a key topic of discussion throughout this program,” Controller Ryan Shimek said. “With the recent surge in orders, production, and shipments over the last several weeks, communication has become even more important to make sure all the moving parts are working together to be successful.”

Among culture and communication, topics such as establishing values, prioritizing tasks, and delegating roles were also addressed. In response to the leadership course, leaders are taking action to strengthen their impact on the company. Laura Podmolik, customer service manager and eastern sales coordinator is already implementing the program’s teachings: “I’m strengthening my focus on prioritizing tasks for the day by making daily lists before diving into the everyday responsibilities.”

As OGC continues to grow and be a leader in the outdoor industry, remaining efficient, productive, and connected is key in keeping up with demand. The Think GREAT Leadership Connection Program is a valued tool in further developing leaders within the company to contribute in a dynamic and effective way.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial-grade products. 

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus image by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Image by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The coronavirus is providing a scare for most of the world. But what is the coronavirus? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines the coronavirus: “There are many types of human coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.” While the world seems to be in panic trying to combat the disease, the coronavirus is also affecting other aspects of life and business.

While the shortage of masks or other medical supplies is obvious, many other products are seeing lower quantities and slow or unknown lead/ship times. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, “China is currently our largest goods trading partner with $659.8 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2018.” Despite tariff controversy and other events, China remains a major trade partner in 2020. China, and many other countries, are shutting down their factories and facilities due to the illness. Therefore, most manufacturing is at a halt until further notice.

Now that COVID-19 has shown up in many more countries, including the U.S., most every industry has been affected in some way. Many states have implemented their own policies and procedures for slowing down the spread. While procedures may differ slightly from state-to-state, one thing is clear: staying home is recommended whenever possible. Today many businesses – from small to corporate giants – are seeing slower response times, halt production, decreased staff, and other effects.

Kinney Gas Fire Pit Table Lifestyle

For shipped products, domestic and international, it is a frequently-asked question as to whether COVID-19 can be transmitted through product surfaces and shipping. While the CDC progresses with their discoveries, based on similar diseases and evidence thus far, it is unlikely that the disease can spread through products and packaging. The coronavirus is thought to be spread more so through respiratory actions and no evidence has emerged otherwise through surfaces.

There’s a slight risk of catching the virus if it’s living on a surface and a person touches that then their face. But the risk is low as coronaviruses have a poor survivability rate on surfaces. According to the CDC, “Coronaviruses survive for shorter periods of time at higher temperatures and higher humidity than in cooler or dryer environments.” Your location and climate alone can have an affect on coronaviruses. Nonetheless, it’s an important reminder to continue washing your hands, sanitizing, and practicing safe social distances despite your region.

What does this mean for manufacturers and distribution? Many are panicking trying to overcome the unknowns of the disease and its effect on their businesses. Longer lead times, unknown ship times, and increased costs are just a few of the impacts thus far. With warmer spring weather in the midst, it is also unknown if the disease will decrease with increasing temperatures or when relief from the virus will be seen.

Trendy, modern style Cortlin Linear Gas Fire Pit Table with Glass Wind Guard by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or deck

As a U.S. manufacturer, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company continues with its current short lead times, quick shipping reputation, and transparent communication. With the majority of products made right in our headquarters in Minnesota, we strive to get our high-quality products to you for those last-minute projects and mid-season shortages. Whether looking for a custom product or a popular fire pit table or pergola, customer satisfactory is a priority. With The Outdoor GreatRoom Company, our certainty in our products, prices, and processes remains strong so our customers can keep their peace of mind with us.

That being said, the company is currently closely watching state and federal updates and monitoring our best practices during this pandemic. The team and our health have remained a priority and focus. Most team members able to work from home are doing so, yet the team still remains diligent in their response times. Chat, email, and phone are all still available for contacting the team. Frequent sanitizing and cleaning practices have been implemented. Any sickness must be reported and team members are asked to stay home if sick or exposed to any sickness. Social distancing of at least six feet is practiced by all team members. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

We advise everyone to turn to the CDC website for up-to-date, accurate information on the coronavirus. Please contact OGC with any further product or lead time questions.

Stunning, unique design Marbleized Noche Beacon Dining Height Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for entertaining and outdoor dining

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Releases Havenwood Collection

Driftwood Havenwood Gas Fire Pit Table with White metal base by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or deck

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is excited for the debut of the Havenwood Gas Fire Pit Table Collection.

The Havenwood Collection consists of four fire pit tables. Mix and match a Driftwood or Stone Grey Everblend textured top with a contemporary White or Grey powder-coated steel base. The chat height is perfect for relaxing and entertaining on the patio.

The 12-by-24-inch Crystal Fire® Plus Burner is UL Listed for safety and quality. The fire pit table includes clear glass gems – tumbled lava rock and other fire media sold separately.

Everblend is a modified concrete. This outdoor-rated material is half the weight of concrete yet extra durable for lasting reliability. Every handcrafted Everblend top is unique and variations in color, texture, and pattern will occur.

The Havenwood fire tables are setup for liquid propane but can be converted to natural gas using the included conversion kit. Burner cover, glass wind guard, folding wind guard, protective cover, and other accessories sold separately.

The Havenwood Collection along with other innovations will be on display at the 2020 Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo in New Orleans on March 12-14, booth 749. Presentations by Outdoor GreatRoom Company experts will be on March 11.

Stone Grey Havenwood Gas Fire Pit Table with Grey Base for your outdoor living space, patio or deck by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company
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