By Charles Wheat - October 2008 Issue
Simpson Maufacturing Inc. owns both the Simpson and the Dura-Vent brand names. The company is a publicly traded company (SSD: NYSE) that manufactures structural connectors and anchors for the construction industry along with venting systems for gas and electric fireplaces. Simpson acquired Dura-Vent in 1982. The company has emerged as a leader in venting technology for the home heating marketplace and produces venting technologies for both gas and electric fireplaces.
Simpson Dura-Vent offers venting parts and equipment for pellet fireplaces, gas fireplaces, wood fireplaces, and pellet stoves. The company also offers relining systems for masonry chimneys called Duraliner and Duraflex. For pellet products, the company offers Pellevent and Pellevent Pro venting systems and parts. For direct vent systems, the company offers Direct Vent Pro. For gas systems, the company offers Type B Gas Vent and also DuraConnect to ensure gas specific venting. For sotves, the company offers two systems and components called DVL and DuraBlack.
Simpson Dura-Vent products are widely recognized as the standard for the industry. Almost all of the leading manufacturers in the US and Canada make their systems conform to Dura-Vent Specs so that they can take advantage of these venting systems and quality components. Moreover, most of Simpson Dura-Vent's customers are not individual homeowners, but rather are fireplace professionals and installers.
Simpson Dura-Vent has a dealer program that is attractive to a lot of dealers. This program is called DuraPro. To earn the DuraPro dealer label, the company must agree to use Simpson Dura-Vent products for all of its venting needs. The network of these professionals is quite extensive since the company is one of the market leaders in the hearth industry. The extent of the company's dealer network also speaks to the breath of the company's success in marketing quality products to fireplace professionals.
Simpson Dura-Vent: Web contains company overview, venting product information, and dealer overview. Contact: Simpson Dura-Vent, 877 Cotting Ct., Vacaville CA 95688 Tel: 1-800-835-4429