February 12, 2020

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson Receive Inaugural American Keeper of the Flame from HPBA

Arlington, VA, Feb. 12, 2020 – The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) announced today that Sen Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN7) have been named the inaugural recipient of the American Keeper of the Flame award for their work in protecting the interests of the fireplace industry.

“Sen. Capito and Rep. Peterson understand what it takes for our members, hearth product manufacturers and retailers, to thrive in this country. They need a champion who will protect them,” noted Jack Goldman, President and CEO of HPBA. “The hearth industry is comprised of many small businesses under pressure from outside forces. What seems like simply common-sense regulation can force a family business to close its doors and for members of the public to lose the ability to make their own choices about their heating needs. Sen. Capito and Rep. Peterson fight for their cause and are an inspiration to us all.”

The American Keeper of the Flame is a new recognition from HPBA designed to bring attention to the members of Congress who best protect the hearth industry from adverse legislation and regulation. “When the small family-owned businesses who make up our membership are under attack, it’s important for them to know that there are members of Congress who have their backs, “ Goldman stated further.


About the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of barbecue, patio and hearth appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising and consumer education.

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Media Contact: Emily McGee, 703-522-0086, ext. 116, mcgee@hpba.org

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