Empire Purchases Ownership in Stove Builder International Inc.

BELLEVILLE, IL – The Empire Group, the parent company of Empire Comfort Systems in Belleville, Illinois, has purchased majority ownership of Stove Builder International (SBI), a Canadian manufacturer of wood-fired and pellet-fired heaters and hearth products, along with venting. Empire manufactures gas-fired heaters, hearth products, and grills.

Both Empire and SBI are family owned manufacturers and both have undertaken aggressive product development programs that have spurred growth in recent years. While SBI’s primary market is Canada, they also distribute into the US, South America, Europe, and Australia. Their brands include Osburn, Caddy, Enerzone, Valcourt, Drolet, Century Heating, Nexvent and Vortex. Empire’s brands include American Hearth, White Mountain
Hearth, Broilmaster Premium Grills, and Empire Heating Systems.

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Written by Empire Comfort Systems Inc.

New Woodstove Rebate Program for Kelowna BC

As overnight temperatures begin to dip, the timing couldn’t be better for anyone thinking of changing out their wood burning appliance, says the Central Okanagan Regional District.

There’s a new cash incentive available for Central Okanagan residents who upgrade their old wood stove to a cleaner burning one.

The provincial government is now offering a $400 rebate for replacing an uncertified wood stove with cleaner appliances, such as new pellet stoves, electric heat pumps or gas or propane stoves.

The new cash rebate is effective immediately through the Central Okanagan Air Quality program, while funds last.

The original $250 rebate that the government offered is still available for those who replace and recycle their old wood burning appliance with a new EPA/CSA-certified wood replacement.

Participating Central Okanagan retailers will take care of recycling your old stove and provide all the necessary paperwork for the applicable rebate, says the regional district.

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See details for the program here.