Hearth Insight
November 2020
2021 NWHPBA Membership Renewal
Renew/join prior to 12/31/2020, and receive one of these 2 rewards!!!
  • A $50 Coupon Credit for NWHPBA in 2021!!! (You choose what this applies to. This includes any educational events, our NWHPBA job board, golf tournament, and more!)
  • A raffle ticket to win a barbecue!!! (Raffle Winner will be pulled in January 2021)
"This industry can feel really secluded and alone. Maintaining my membership has allowed me to build relationships and really get to know the other members. This has opened doors and encouraged brainstorming to solve industry wide issues as well as internal ones within my business that someone had already been through and knew a great solution for."

-Ryann Blake, Chimney Techniques
It is NWHPBA Membership Renewal Time! 

Your membership allows us to continue to advocate for the health of our industry. While 2020 was full of unprecedented events, we are thankful for our NWHPBA community. With the help of one another, we were able to support each other and share our successes through tough times.

Renewing your membership is easy and we have a lot of options for your convenience!
  • Renew online and pay via card or check
  • If you select pay by check, you will be directly invoiced and can mail us a check
  • Call us directly at NWHPBA and we can renew over the phone with you
  • 253-525-5153 (Due to COVID, if you do not connect with us, please leave a voicemail and Amy, our Executive Director, will return your call within 24-48 hours)

Northwest Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association Member Benefits:
  • Keeps business owners on the top of important ever-changing industry issues, trends, legislation-both regionally and nationally.
  • This year we provided our members with weekly COVID support calls, led by our wonderful Lobbyist Carolyn Logue. We brought in important speakers who assisted in loan applications, unemployment, construction regulations, and more to navigate the day to day changes of COVID-19
  • A full time Legislative Consultant advocating on our industry's behalf.
  • This upcoming year will be critical for our industry. We have joined a Natural Gas Coalition called Partnership for Energy Progress. Your dues help us stay at the forefront of protecting our industry in the NW, from Washington to Montana to Idaho and Alaska.
  • Networking and camaraderie opportunities
  • We are looking forward to resuming in-person events again when we can. We have plans to offer NWHPBA some smaller meetings this year accessible to members who live east of the Cascades!
  • Affiliate annual meetings
  • This year we were proud to offer for the first time a virtual educational webinar as we were unable to host our typical in person Annual Meeting. It went great! We will be looking to add even more opportunities for education virtually through the year, and can't wait to be back in person as well!
  • National Trade Show
  • HPBExpo registration is now open, renew your dues and get your passes today because they come with your membership! We are looking forward to Nashville in March!
  • Affinity Program Benefits
  • These included with your NWHPBA Membership.
  • For more info, click here

We are looking forward to an amazing 2021!
Questions? Contact (253)525-5153 or nwhpba@aminc.org
Member Spotlight:
All American Chimney Service
Company Name:
All American Chimney Service
Auburn, WA


Company Birthdate/Year: 
Oct 1994


NWHPBA Member Type:
Service


Number of employees/installers/service techs/sales/sweep: 7

-What do you do to separate your business from others? Provide free estimates, fair and competitive pricing, excellent customer service, and additional warranty beyond state recommendation. We are also a general contractor, so we provide ‘one stop shop’ for many customer needs. They don’t have to use multiple vendors for a job, we generally can do it all. We have many years of experience, our workers have been with us for 10+ years.

-What diversifies your business, product wise?  We can get any product that a customer is interested in. We provide a wide range of services and products.

-What are customers telling you when they come in the shop?  After we complete jobs, we hear from customers that they loved our work, our crew was fantastic, and they enjoyed working with us. They will recommend us, and keep us in mind for future work they need.

-What trends do you see the next year?   Continued growth with various types of fireplace installations from wood, propane and gas.
Personal Info:
-How long have you been in the hearth business?  38 years

-What got you started in hearth business? I didn’t want to work for others, so decided to start my own business in a needed industry

-What has kept you in the hearth business?  I enjoy working with customers/people and doing work that satisfies them

-Why are you a member of NWHPBA? To keep informed about the industry

-Have you attended NWHPBA/HPBA Events? If so… what is your favorite part about them?
Yes, I have attended various conventions, and enjoy the networking and meeting other people in the industry.

-What’s your favorite NWHPBA memory? The convention a few years ago in Texas, that was a great convention, and I learned a lot

-What’s your favorite movie?  Avatar and Top Gun

-First car? 1961 Plymouth Valiant

-First concert?  Cheap Trick
November 18, 2020 EPA Update
Despite HPBA efforts, EPA will not be providing sell-through of any kind for Step 1 products.

HPBA has received official word from the U.S. EPA that they will NOT be providing a sell-through period for Step 1 appliances.

Thank you to everyone who helped us with our advocacy efforts on this issue. EPA made it clear that it was not for lack of effort on our part, just that EPA was delayed during other parts of the process by other agency priorities.

Is there still a donation option?
No.

We asked EPA if they might still allow dealers to donate Step 1 products to non-profits HPBA has been working with to replace older products with EPA-certified units. EPA has told us this would not be possible due to the need to publish a rule change to distinguish between prohibited sales and donations. There is not enough time for EPA to do even this, and the rule change would face opposition that would kill the effort.
What can dealers do now with any remaining Step 1 products?

With no sell-through or a donation option, any Step 1 products remaining can only be recycled or destroyed. They cannot even be given away as the EPA prohibits the transfer of ownership of a Step 1 product after May 15, 2020.

This is extremely disappointing news, especially in light of the second wave of COVID-19 cases impacting families and small businesses. We urge you to share this with your dealer network. More information and updates can be found on our website.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Rachel Feinstein.
HPBExpo has moved to Louisville in June of 2021!
Mark your calendars: HPBExpo 2021 has been moved to June 23-26th, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. With the current COVID-19 conditions, the March dates for Expo have been postponed and relocated to Louisville. If you have Expo questions, please email nwhpba@aminc.org .
We want to hear from you!!!
The NWHPBA Communications Committee publishes the Hearth Insight monthly. If you have a story or article you would like to have shared, please email us to be included in our upcoming editions!!!
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