November’s Innovative Expert of the Month

Eric Hawkinson, VP of Operations at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Eric Hawkinson, Vice President of Operations

Number of Years at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC)I joined OGC in August 2010 (8+ years).

How many years of experience in this industry? I have been in this industry since 1984.

What is your overall experience/background?

My formal education is in mechanical engineering. One of my main areas of expertise is in product development and research after years of experience with Heat-N-Glo®, Heatilator®, Hearth & Home Technologies, and The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™. I also received experience and knowledge through building and remodeling in my personal time.

Memorable moment at OGC?

One of my most memorable moments involved going from years of red ink in the books to finally making a profit. But I was not able to share the moment with the man that originally talked me into changing careers; Dan Shimek (OGC founder) passed away at about that same time.

Why do you love working at OGC?

I enjoy working at OGC because of the people. While the company has changed a lot over the last few years, the stability of the positive attitude, the solid respect, and pleasant co-workers are the best. I think we also have a great customer base that enjoys working with the people at OGC.

Favorite OGC Product?

The Uptown gas fire pit table is my favorite OGC product. It has the style, look, quality, and feel of a great entertainment piece. It is a great addition to any backyard; and it has a great flame, nice serving area, and comfortable design to sit around.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy making things better than they were. I have purchased or been involved in the purchase of a few homes that most people would never consider buying. When we are done with them, they make for great homes for the people who buy or rent them. I also like to fix things like motorized toys, equipment, and other challenging things with hidden life in them. This winter’s project, once the latest house is done, is an antique slot machine.

Interested in joining our team of innovative experts? Learn more about career opportunities.

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Debuts Beacon Collection

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is pleased to debut the Beacon Collection. This versatile collection of gas fire pit tables offers a beautiful new take on a classic style. The Beacon Collection features Supercast™ or Granite tops in chat and dining height options. All bases are made out of durable, powder-coated steel.

The stunning Supercast™ tops are available in Marbleized Noche or White Onyx. Supercast™ is a proprietary blend of fiber glass and polymer fortified concrete for maximum strength with less weight. The Granite tops offer a classic look in Black or Brown. All tops are easy to care for and durable to last season after season.

Stunning, classic look Brown Granite Beacon Chat Height Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or backyard

The 20-inch Crystal Fire® Plus Burner is UL Listed for safety and quality. A sliding door on the bases offers easy access to a 20 lb propane tank and keeps the tank concealed during use. The Beacon Collection is made in the U.S.

The Beacon Collection, along with other innovative outdoor products, will be on display at the ICFA Casual Market in Chicago Sept. 25-28, at booth #7-3030.

Durable, stylish design Marbleized Noche Beacon Chat Height Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or deck

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. Visit our website for more information.

Follow The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for updates and design inspirations on Pinterest and Facebook.

2018 spoga+gafa Trade Fair Recap

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) participated in the 2018 spoga+gafa Trade Fair on September 2-4th in Cologne, Germany. It was a great opportunity to connect with professionals overseas in a variety of areas. But what does OGC in Europe look like?

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company at 2018 spoga+gafa Trade Fair

Tailored for European Homes

Our family of experts have completed an immense amount of market and engineering research in order to design and create high-quality, trendsetting products to fit today’s European homes and distinctive styles. Whether you’re in North America or Europe, we promise to define the outdoor experience. We set the trends outside while providing innovative technology, safe yet stylish products, and reliable and friendly service.

Cozy, compact gas fire pits typically offer more flexibility when designing the outdoor area, especially when patio or garden space is limited. The Stonefire fire table and Cove fire bowl are both round in shape and inviting in design, while the Renegade portable fire pit offers warmth and glowing ambiance on the go. Our upscale gas fire tables are all unique in their own way to fit your specific design theme.

For instance, strength and design appeal shine through in the easy-to-maintain composite construction of the Brooks fire table and the durable stucco base on the Providence fire pit. The White Washed shiplap base on the Alcott fire pit table and faux wood tile top on the Vintage gas fire pit are sure to provide a uniquely stunning statement. For a fire centerpiece that takes up even less space, the Intrigue table top lantern warmly welcomes everyone to your patio table. While trendsetting styles and unique designs are a major priority, OGC still focuses on safety first.

Stylish, unique look Cove 20 Fire Pit Bowl with Glass Guard by the Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your patio or backyard

What does CE Certified mean?

Your family is important to our family company, that’s why our gas fire pit tables and burners offer safety and quality you can trust for everyday use. Many of our fire pits and burners possess CE markings. CE certification holds high safety and health requirements in order to obtain such marking distinction. Despite our backyard fire products being specifically designed for European households and businesses, we are committed to heavily testing our fire pit tables and burners to ensure safety and obtain CE markings.

We look forward to growing these overseas relationships and establishing the same trusted OGC name in homes and businesses across Europe.

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Hosts Fourth Annual Conference

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) hosted its fourth annual Outdoor GreatRoom Conference on Aug. 22-23 at their corporate headquarters in Burnsville, Minnesota. Staff, sales representatives, and some customers from across the U.S. and Canada were brought together for this two-day event. One highlight of the conference included a Light the Night event featuring hands-on product training, food trucks, and showroom, manufacturing, and engineering tours.

The Outdoor GreatRoom 2018 Summer Conference

Director of customer engagement, Paul Nigon, said, “Our annual conference continues to grow since we started the event 4 years ago. The intent of the Light the Night event was to showcase a unique customer experience, something customers could bring home to their own locations.”

Other activities included round-table discussions, golfing, winery and brewery tours, and dinner with comedian show.

The Outdoor GreatRoom 2018 Summer Conference

The goal of this annual conference is to join customers and key representatives together to provide valuable feedback and prompt conversations in order to effectively support each other for success in the market. OGC seeks strength in the ability to build these valuable relationships. This annual event continues to enhance the rapport with customers and sales representatives.

Vice president of sales, Steve Shimek, said, “It is the people at OGC that makes the company so special!”

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. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Debuts Trend Setting Gas Fire Pit Table

Industrial, modern style Edison Round Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your unique porch or dream deck

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is excited to debut the Edison Gas Fire Pit Table. This innovative gas fire pit table combines industrial design with a modern look to redefine the outdoor living experience.

The Edison Gas Fire Pit Table features a powder-coated steel base and Weathered Grey Barnwood Supercast™ top. The Crystal Fire® Plus Burner is UL Listed for safety and quality. The Edison Gas Fire Pit Table is made in the USA.

A sliding door on the base offers easy access to a 20 lb propane tank and keeps the tank concealed during use. The mesmerizing fire reflects off a bed of tempered fire glass to complete this weatherproof fire pit table.

The Edison Gas Fire Pit Table, along with other trendsetting outdoor products, will be on display at the ICFA Preview Market in Chicago July 17-19, at booth #7-7054.

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. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

Follow The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for updates and design inspirations at www.pinterest.com/outdoorrooms/and www.facebook.com/OutdoorGreatrooms

New Portable Gas Fire Pit from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Convenient, compact design Renegade Portable Gas Fire Pit Table by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your camping trip campfire, RV road trip fire pit, or tailgating party gas fire table

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is excited to debut the Renegade Gas Fire Pit Table. This portable gas fire pit table is a rugged and durable unit built to set up and take down quickly. Perfect for camping, RV trips, tailgating, parties, and more. It comes with a convenient carrying case for packing and transporting.

Durable, reliable design Renegade Portable Gas Fire Pit Table Bag by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for a portable fire pit and compact camping storage

The Renegade features a 16” Stainless Steel UL listed gas burner. The stunning flame has a realistic pattern and produces up to 55,000 BTU’s on a bed of tempered fire glass. The top is a black powder coated metal featuring a diamond plate pattern with matching burner cover. The base is a black powder coated metal with removable legs for easy packing.

Features:

  • Compact size fits in many trunks or storage compartments
  • Adjustable gas valve
  • Electronic ignition for easy start
  • Runs on Liquid Propane or Natural Gas
  • Can be used as a fire pit or coffee table

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.

New Product: White Onyx Non-Combustible Supercast Mantel

White Onyx Non-Combustible Supercast Fireplace Mantel

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Non-Combustible Supercast™ Mantel Collection, the White Onyx Non-Combustible Supercast™ Mantel. It has a modern marbled white finish with grey accents.

The non-combustible mantels are a part of the Gallery Collection, an indoor fireplace and accessory collection. They are made of durable fiberglass reinforced concrete and can also be used in outdoor applications, as the material is outdoor-rated. Because of the non-combustible nature of this material it can be used where many real-wood mantels cannot.

Non-combustible Fireplace Mantel and Modern Electric Fireplace

The Non-Combustible Supercast™ Mantels comes in four other finishes: Tavern Brown, Washed Cedar, Polished Midnight Mist, and Cove Grey. Tavern Brown and Washed Cedar finishes have a real wood-look appearance while the White Onyx, Midnight Mist, and Cove Grey have a modern, sleek profile. Because of the reduced clearance to combustibles, they are perfect for use with traditional wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces, and electric fireplaces, indoors or outside.

FEATURES:

  • Five Finishes: Polished Midnight Mist, Cove Grey, Tavern Brown, Washed Cedar, and White Onyx
  • Non-combustible
  • Standard lengths of 60” or 72”
  • Custom lengths available
  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Easy installation and easy to clean
  • Made in USA

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 and accessories, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial products.

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Debuts Cortlin Gas Fire Pit Table

Modern, trendy style Cortlin Gas Fire Pit Table The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for your business patio or deck

MINNEAPOLIS (March 6, 2018)— As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is excited to debut the Cortlin Gas Fire Pit Table. This modern gas fire pit table features a stucco base with a CorTen-steel look finish and is the company’s first stocked fire pit table with a UL listed 64” long linear gas Crystal Fire® Burner.

The Cortlin Gas Fire Pit Table is a modern, low-profile unit perfect for residential and commercial applications. The base is finished with Ferros stucco, a CorTen-steel look finish. The benefits of using a durable stucco instead of CorTen steel allows the unit to retain its beautiful patina appearance over time and not result in rust or discolored run off that can stain surrounding areas. The stunning flame has a realistic pattern and produces up to 100,500 BTU’s on a bed of tempered fire glass.

The Cortlin Gas Fire Pit Table, along with other new products, will be on display at HPBExpo in Nashville, March 8-10, at booth #1200.

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. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

Follow The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for updates and design inspirations at www.pinterest.com/outdoorrooms/ and www.facebook.com/OutdoorGreatrooms

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Introduces Indoor Gas Hearth Set

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is thrilled to release the Crestline 27, the company’s first indoor gas fireplace product. The opportunity to use the reliable and popular Crystal Fire® Burner technology for indoor applications came after requests from customers and finding an opportunity in the market.

The Crestline 27 is a modern gas hearth set or log set alternative for use in existing vented masonry or manufactured wood-burning (solid fuel) fireplace applications with a working flue of non-combustible construction. The unit is UL listed and constructed of stainless steel with a sleek black powder coated steel outer shroud. The Crestline 27 brings a modern, but warm look to any indoor space. The stunning flame has a realistic pattern and produces up to 52,000 BTU’s on a bed of tempered fire glass. The Crestline 27 is the first gas-fueled product in the Gallery Collection, an indoor fireplace collection by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company. Other products in this line include electric fireplaces, electric fireplace inserts, and non-combustible Supercast™ concrete mantels. FEATURES:

  • Stainless Steel Crystal Fire® Burner
  • Outer shroud is Black powder coated galvanized steel
  • Automatic System
  • Includes burner system, control system, flex-line, ball valve, Clear Tempered Fire Glass Gems, and battery pack
  • 49,000 BTU’s for NG / 52,000 BTU’s for LP

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.

Outdoor GreatRoom Company Unveils New 2018 Products

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is excited to release a new dining fire pit table collection, the Kenwood Collection, as well as the new Lyndale Swivel Rocking Chair.

The Kenwood Collection includes a dining height gas fire pit table, coordinating benches, and a chat height gas fire pit table. The Kenwood Dining Gas Fire Pit Table features brown composite decking and a 12×42” UL listed stainless steel burner. This table brings a modern, but warm look to any outdoor room. Matching benches are available in two sizes, 68” and 24”, to complement the dining table. The smaller chat height gas fire pit table completes the set as an accent.

Also new for 2018 are the Lyndale Swivel Rocking Chairs, which come in a set of two. They fit with the Kenwood Dining Gas Fire Pit Table, can be used alone, or with any other outdoor table. The modern, Graphite Grey powder coated frame features clean lines and deep comfortable seating. The durable Sunbrella™ fabric cushions come in two color options, Cast Ash or Cast Slate. There is also an optional Cove Pebble Sunbrella™ fabric lumbar pillow for extra support if needed.

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. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

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