Northwest HPBA History
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) is an international trade association first established in 1980 to represent and promote the interests of the hearth products industry in North America. In 2001, Hearth Products Association (HPA) merged with Barbecue Industry Association (BIA) 2001 to form HPBA. The Association includes manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, service and installation firms, and other companies and individuals – all having business interests in and related to the hearth, patio, and barbecue products industry.
HPBA’s members manufacture, import, distribute, sell, service, and represent products that include:
•Factory-built Fireplaces, Gas Logs, Inserts, and Accessories
•Wood, Pellet, Coal, and Gas stoves
•Barbecues, Grills, and Accessories
•Patio Furniture and Accessories
Northwest HPBA (NWHPBA) HISTORY
The Fireplace Institute (FI) and the Wood Energy Institute (WEI) united to form the Wood Heating Alliance in 1980. The name was then changed again in 1983 to the Hearth Products Association (HPA) a non-profit organization, in order to better reflect the diversity and range of products and services within the industry. The name was changed once more to, Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) in 2001.
HPBA’s purposes include (but are not limited to):
1. The promotion of education for the utilization and safe use of solid fuels and gas as energy sources.
2. The dissemination of information regarding regulatory concerns, environmental concerns and other subjects of specific interest to both the industry and public at large.
3. The fostering of superior design quality, member product performance and services benefit the public and this industry.
Northwest HPBA (NWHPBA) Membership is offered in the following categories: