Heat & Glo® Solaris Wins Top Industry Awards

Heat & Glo®, a brand of Hearth & Home Technologies, the world’s leading fireplace manufacturer, won top honors for its Solaris™ 36-ST direct vent gas fireplace at the industry’s Vesta Awards in Reno, Nevada, late last week. The Solaris was the recipient of the coveted Best of Show award, as well as the Best Gas Fireplace award, in the hearth category. The Vesta Awards are conferred at the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo each year and are sponsored by Hearth & Home Magazine, a publication of Village West Publishing.

The Vesta Awards honor companies whose products demonstrate the best innovative design and technology in the industry. Judging teams are made up of retailers, distributors, product designers, test lab engineers, affiliate leaders and industry experts. For the fifth time in seven years, Hearth & Home Technologies products have taken top honors at the Vesta Awards.

Inspired by the setting sun, the Solaris 36-ST is a circular, see through fireplace that features a newly designed burner (30,000 Btus, patent pending) that is completely transparent and suspended mid-way at the center of the fireplace. This produces a flame that appears to be suspended in mid-air – a dramatic effect never seen before in fireplaces. In a portrait style application, the Solaris 36-ST will be positioned much like an interior transom window on a wall. It has a framing depth of less than six inches, making it the shallowest direct vent, see through fireplace ever developed. For the surround, homeowners can choose from 36 color combinations of powder coat or gloss paint to perfectly complement their home’s interior décor. The first of its kind, the Solaris 36-ST fireplace will be available during the fourth quarter 2009 at Heat & Glo dealers.

“The Solaris 36-ST will make walls come alive with its circular profile, rolling fire and levitating flames,” said Dave Miller, Heat & Glo brand manager. “It features artistic performance like never seen before in fireplaces. We are pleased and honored to receive these Vesta Awards.”

The Quadra-Fire EDGE™ 60 pellet fireplace, also a Hearth & Home Technologies product, received the Vesta Green Award, as well as the Best Pellet Fireplace Award. The EDGE™ 60 is the first pellet fireplace to be introduced to the market and will be available at Quadra-Fire dealers starting the second quarter of 2009.

Heat & Glo® is a brand of Hearth & Home Technologies™. Heat & Glo brings together elegance and innovation to offer hearth products with distinct design, sophistication and style that set apart virtually any room of the home. For more information, please visit us online at www.heatnglo.com.

About Hearth & Home Technologies
Hearth & Home Technologies is the world’s leading provider of whole hearth systems including fireplaces, stoves and inserts, as well as furnaces that utilize biomass fuels. Its family of brands includes Harman™, Heatilator®, Heat & Glo®, Quadra-Fire® and Fireside Hearth & Home® retail stores and builder design centers. The company offers a wide variety of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable hearth products, which are manufactured, packaged and delivered with respect for the environment. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI), the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. Visit www.hearthnhome.com.

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