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.
Written by Empire Comfort Systems Inc.