Sparking Innovation and Sustainability: A Recap of the 2024 HBPExpo

Fire is what brings us together.

The Forge & Flame team debuted at the yearly HPBExpo, an event designed to advance the hearth, patio and barbeque industries. From February 13 to February 15, 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee, hundreds of manufacturers and dealers gathered to highlight how industry leaders can spark an enhanced consumer experience centered around digital transformation, innovation and sustainability.

Hearth & Home Technologies—Forge & Flame’s parent company—was proud to be the 2024 Titanium Sponsor of the event, capitalizing on its industry leadership and dedicated investment to bettering the heating experience. From a keynote speaker address to leading crucial conversations with our network of trade partners, the Hearth & Home team was honored to spark innovation and inspire growth in the industry.


Enhancing the Customer Experience

The theme of the event was how the hearth industry could better serve our customers. As the buying journey shifts to the digital space, the Expo reinforced the the importance of improving engagement and interaction with consumers online. Whether it is pre- or post-purchase support, the industry is eager to help educate consumers online to bring beauty, warmth and comfort to their homes.

Forge & Flame is at the forefront of cultivating a dynamic and interactive online community, and enriching consumer knowledge through our blog with insightful content on sustainability, installation processes, fuel efficiency and cost-saving measures. Beyond our blog, Forge & Flame is igniting engaging dialogues across social media platforms, including FacebookInstagram, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

Through these efforts, we're building connections and fostering a space for meaningful conversations around our brand and values.


Empowering Our Trade Partners and Talent Development

As the Titanium Sponsor, Hearth & Home proudly featured Sarah Wellcome, vice president of human resources, as our keynote speaker. Her presentation, “Unlocking Talent: The Path to Developing Exceptional Employees,” highlighted the crucial role of volunteerism in nurturing talent in our local communities.

HHT is embodying this philosophy by collaborating with students, educators and parents, highlighting viable career options beyond the traditional four-year college route. Our initiative includes the Youth Skills Training Program, a state-endorsed opportunity allowing high schoolers to earn course credits while gaining hands-on experience in skilled labor jobs. This program bridges the gap between academic learning and real-world application, smoothly transitioning students into full-time skilled-labor roles.


Embracing a Digital Transformation

The hearth industry is currently undergoing a significant digital transformation, with a strong focus on modernization to offer consumers a smooth, streamlined experience. In this digital era, the importance of valuing the customer's voice has become more critical than ever. This transformation is not just about adopting new technologies but also about cultivating meaningful conversations on social media and providing consumers with the flexibility to choose how they want to shop, whether in-store or by reserving products online.

Through digital platforms, the industry is implementing strategies aimed at building long-lasting relationships with consumers, recognizing that the future of consumer engagement lies in the ability to adapt and personalize the shopping experience. This digital shift promises to enhance the way we connect with and serve our customers, ensuring that their needs and preferences are at the forefront of our go-to-market strategy.

Developing Sustainable and Innovative Solutions

An image of the Forge & Flame foundry using recylced iron to cast theirs products

In the pursuit of eco-friendly and innovative solutions, the hearth industry is deeply committed to heating homes sustainably and prioritizing the well-being of our shared environment.

A significant part of this commitment is encouraging consumers to adopt wood and pellet heating stoves, which offer a way to warm homes efficiently while minimizing environmental impact. This dedication includes a discussion of the implications of EPA standards and how they drive innovation within the industry. By developing products that not only meet but exceed these standards, Forge & Flame sets a new benchmark for environmental responsibility.

This approach features a broader investment in the planet's wellbeing, ensuring that the health of our homes and the environment are thoughtfully considered when choosing modern heating solutions.


Reflecting on the 2024 HPBExpo

With the successful debut of the Forge & Flame team and the support of Hearth & Home Technologies as the Titanium Sponsor, this event set a new precedent for inspiring innovation, sustainability and consumer engagement in the hearth space. The insights garnered from this year's Expo will undoubtedly fuel the industry's efforts to meet the evolving needs of consumers with greater efficiency, responsibility and innovation.

As we continue to explore and implement the key takeaways from the 2024 HPBExpo, we invite you to join us in this journey. Engage with us on our social media platforms, participate in our discussions and contribute to shaping the future of the hearth industry. Together, let's continue to spark innovation and sustainability for a warmer, more connected world.

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