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Twin-Star International’s New Patent Pending 3D Flame Effect Creates Even More Realistic Looking Flames

Delray Beach, FL, July 11, 2016 – Twin-Star International, the premier designer and manufacturer of electric fireplaces and home furnishings, today announced that it is now offering its patent pending three-dimensional (“3D”) flame effect, which is available for its stove, firebox and wall hanging units. For years, Twin-Star International’s ClassicFlame electric fireplaces have been an industry leader. Most recently, Twin-Star introduced Spectrafire and Spectrafire Plus, a customizable flame effect offering a gentle flickering flame to a roaring fire in multiple colors, speeds and brightness with the touch of a button. With the introduction of the new 3D flame effect, Twin-Star brings to market the next generation of realistic electric fireplace flames.

“Our 3D flame effect represents the next generation of realistic electric fireplace flames, offering the most lifelike LED flame technology available at or near the same cost as conventional electric fireplace inserts,” said Marc Sculler, Twin-Star Co-President.

To create the new ultra-realistic 3D flame effect, the flames are positioned in front and behind the log set to generate the look and feel of a real wood-burning fireplace. The new 3D firebox uses multi-layered flame LED technology to produce the most realistic and groundbreaking flame experience, creating a three-dimensional fire with added depth. The patent pending 3D firebox plugs into a standard outlet and has advanced safety features. It can be used to provide supplemental zone heating for 1,000 square feet or used without heat to add ambiance to a room.

Visit the Twin-Star Las Vegas Market showroom, A-1016, July 31 – August 4, to experience the new patent pending 3D flame technology.

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About Twin-Star

Established in 1996, Twin-Star International, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL., is an award-winning manufacturer of home furnishings, stoves, heaters and consumer electronics, combining the latest trends with function and style to create unique products that enhance the lives of their customers. Twin-Star’s in-house designers and engineers keep a finger on the pulse of the latest trends and consumer demands, offering the most comprehensive and diversified product lines available. Twin-Star believes it is essential to have product lines that reflect the advanced thinking our designers have considered and executed, providing our customers with quality products and innovative designs. Twin-Star is known for their world-renowned brands: ClassicFlame, Duraflame, ChimneyFree, ClassicFlame Pro, Bell’O, Bell’O Digital and Powerheat. Find out more at www.twinstarhome.com.

 


Contact: Angela Scarbrough
561-665-8090
press@twinstarhome.com

 

 

Twin-Star International Launches New E-commerce Line

Delray Beach, FL, June 27, 2016 – Twin-Star International, the premier designer and manufacturer of electric fireplaces and home furnishings, today announced the launch of a new e-commerce line of stylish home furnishings to help its retail and e-tail partners take advantage of the substantial sales growth in e-commerce. Twin-Star’s newly developed product line specifically addresses the needs of the e-commerce channel and appeals to consumers of all generations, particularly Millennials, the largest buying group in home furnishings.

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Twin-Star’s commitment to developing e-commerce demonstrates its understanding of the consumer and will yield opportunities for new channels and additional sales for their retail trade partners.

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“With the rapid growth of technology, people of all generations are convenience shoppers. Most are tech-savvy, using technology and the Internet to shop for and purchase what they need and want,” stated Marc Sculler, Twin-Star Co-President. “Twin-Star’s new e-commerce program, offered to our retailers, is designed to appeal to all generations of consumers while offering the style, high quality and great value that our customers and retailers expect. The e-commerce home furnishings line ranges in style from contemporary to industrial, and is designed to make it easier for retailers to ship directly to consumers.”

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Twin-Star welcomes retailers to connect with the e-commerce line in the newly expanded Twin-Star Las Vegas showroom, A-1016, during the Vegas Market, which will occur from July 31, 2016 through August 4, 2016 [in Las Vegas, NV].

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About Twin-Star

Established in 1996, Twin-Star International, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL., is an award-winning manufacturer of home furnishings, stoves, heaters and consumer electronics, combining the latest trends with function and style to create unique products that enhance the lives of their customers. Twin-Star’s in-house designers and engineers keep a finger on the pulse of the latest trends and consumer demands, offering the most comprehensive and diversified product lines available. Twin-Star believes it is essential to have product lines that reflect the advanced thinking our designers have considered and executed, providing our customers with quality products and innovative designs. Twin-Star is known for their world-renowned brands: ClassicFlame, Duraflame, ChimneyFree, ClassicFlame Pro, Bell’O, Bell’O Digital and Powerheat. Find out more at www.twinstarhome.com.


Contact: Angela Scarbrough
561-665-8090
press@twinstarhome.com

 

 

Twin-Star International Employees Volunteer at Junior Achievement’s Finance Park

Employees assisted 8th grade students in a “real-life” simulation offered by Junior Achievement of South Florida

Delray Beach, Florida, May 19, 2016 – Twin-Star employees guided 8th grade middle school students during the JA World “real-life” simulation at the Junior Achievement Finance Park on Friday, March 13th, 2016. Twin-Star volunteers helped students budget their paychecks for necessities. “It’s never too early to teach kids to budget. Good money habits can never start too young,“ explains Twin-Star employee Arenthia Baker.

JA Finance Park is a simulated city created to give students a true experience of what it’s like to work and live as a responsible adult. Students first take a 25-hour class and then apply what they have learned to their experience. JA Finance Park offers an actual business park setting where 16 local businesses are represented. Students are assigned an identity, and then visit each business to apply what they have learned to create their own personal budget- factoring in health care, living arrangements, child care, groceries, clothing, home improvement, transportation, utilities and entertainment.

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“At Twin-Star International, we encourage and allow time for our employees to volunteer for an array of programs offered by local non-profit organizations. To achieve even greater impact, our strategic volunteer efforts are aligned with our philanthropic priorities, including community development, supporting disadvantaged youth, fostering entrepreneurship and health issues,” commented Denise Kantrowitz, Twin-Star’s VP Corporate Operations & Human Resources. Kantrowitz continued, “Our employees are passionate and want to create meaningful change in their community. We consider it a privilege to be able to give back to our community. It is not only the community that is benefitting, our employees are building leadership and team building skills while making a significant difference in the community.”

Offered by Junior Achievement of South Florida, JA World is one of several “experimental learning” core programs geared toward K-12 students. JA World includes two programs, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park and serves approximately 48,000 students in Broward and south Palm Beach counties. The JA World initiative is supported by several organizations, and some of the storefronts include Broward Health, Publix and the Sun Sentinel. Junior Achievement of South Florida’s core purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy.

 

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About Twin-Star

Established in 1996, Twin-Star International, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL, is an award-winning manufacturer of specialty home furnishings, stoves, heaters and consumer electronics, combining the latest trends with function and style to create unique products that enhance the lives of our customers. Twin-Star’s in-house designers and engineers keep a finger on the pulse of the latest trends and consumer demands, offering the most comprehensive and diversified product lines available. Twin-Star believes it is essential to have product lines that reflect the advanced thinking of our designers have considered and executed, providing our customers with quality products, innovative style and product designs. Twin-Star is known for their world-renowned brands: ClassicFlame, Duraflame, ChimneyFree, ClassicFlame Pro, Bell’O, Bell’O Digital and Powerheat. Find out more at www.twinstarhome.com.

About Junior Achievement of South Florida

Junior Achievement of South Florida (JA) inspires and prepares youth to succeed in a global economy. JA provides real-world training in financial literacy including budgeting, spending, investing and the use of credit; offers cutting-edge skill-building opportunities that enable young people to explore meaningful, productive careers; teaches students how to start businesses; and introduces entrepreneurial values that strengthen workplaces. Last year, with the help of over 5,800 trained corporate and community volunteers, JA delivered twenty-plus various programs to almost 50,000 students in classrooms throughout Broward and south Palm Beach Counties. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit www.jasouthflorida.org.

 

Contact: Lauren Thiessen

561.665.8105

lthiessen@twinstarhome.com

Z Capital Partners Announces Acquisition of Twin-Star International

Expands Portfolio with Leading Designer, Manufacturer and Marketer of Electric Fireplaces and Home Furnishings and Dedicated Supply Chain Infrastructure

Significant Opportunity to Increase Market Share by Leveraging Leading Retail Position Across Additional Channels and Expanding Product Lines

NEW YORK, April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. (“Z Capital Partners”), the private equity management arm of Z Capital Group, L.L.C., a leading global alternative investment manager focused on opportunistic, value-oriented private equity and credit funds, today announced that it has acquired Twin-Star International, Inc. (“Twin-Star” or the “Company”), the premier designer and manufacturer of electric fireplaces and home furnishings.

Headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, Twin-Star designs, manufactures and markets a broad line of decorative electric fireplaces, heaters, home furnishings and consumer electronics. With a track record of cutting-edge innovation, exceptional product quality and outstanding customer service, the Company has achieved the leading market position in the growing electric fireplace category and is the primary supplier to many retailers across North America. Twin-Star’s energy-efficient products are purposefully designed to provide a more economical and environmentally cleaner alternative to traditional wood- and gas-burning fire places and to safely and efficiently heat commercial and residential areas.

“As the market leader in the electrical heating and furniture industry, Twin-Star is well-positioned for continued growth and success, and we are excited to welcome the Company into the Z Capital family,” said James Zenni, President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Capital.

Twin-Star maintains a world-class dedicated supply chain infrastructure in Southern China that provides the Company with a distinct competitive advantage and enables it to consistently ensure the highest quality sourcing, manufacturing and distribution. In addition, Twin-Star prides itself on delivering the safest products in its industry and is at the forefront in innovation with patent-pending fire prevention technology. Safer Plug and Safer Sensor, which are designed to prevent the overheating of electrical products and electrical fires, are integrated into brands like Duraflame, ClassicFlame and PowerHeat. Twin-Star has award-winning designs and has received 19 Platinum awards since 2006 from Awards for Design Excellence.

Z Capital plans to leverage its financial strength and expertise to expand Twin-Star’s established retail platform into additional channels, including homebuilding, hotels and lodging and commercial markets, as well into new geographies. As Z Capital expands Twin-Star’s reach, it will continue to benefit from leveraging the existing dedicated supply chain infrastructure to ensure quality control.

Peter Harper, Twin-Star’s Co-President and Chief Financial Officer, Marc Sculler, its Co-President, and Andy Bandremer, its Executive Vice President, will continue to oversee daily operations of the Company.

“We look forward to working with the Twin-Star team to expand the reach of the Company’s best-in-class brands,” added Mr. Zenni. “With Twin-Star’s dedicated supply chain and track record of outstanding innovation, we are excited about the opportunity to drive growth and enter new markets while continuing to advance cutting-edge technological developments.”

“We are excited to be part of the Z Capital family,” said Mr. Harper. “Z Capital’s financial strength, acumen and operational expertise will help Twin-Star continue to enhance and expand our product offerings and better serve our customers while further elevating the outstanding Twin-Star brand.”

“Z Capital shares Twin-Star’s customer-centric approach and commitment to product quality and innovation,” said Mr. Sculler. “Z Capital’s extensive support will continue to augment and accelerate Twin-Star’s market-leading product innovation in both current and new product categories.”

About Twin-Star

Established in 1996, Twin-Star International, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL., is an award-winning manufacturer of home furnishings, stoves, heaters and consumer electronics, combining the latest trends with function and style to create unique products that enhance the lives of their customers. Twin-Star’s in-house designers and engineers keep a finger on the pulse of the latest trends and consumer demands, offering the most comprehensive and diversified product lines available. Twin-Star believes it is essential to have product lines that reflect the advanced thinking our designers have considered and executed, providing our customers with quality products and innovative designs. Twin-Star has significant world-renowned brands: ClassicFlame, Duraflame, ChimneyFree, ClassicFlame Pro, Bell’O, Bell’O Digital, PowerHeat. For more information, please visit www.twinstarhome.com.

About Z Capital Partners

Z Capital Partners, L.L.C. is the private equity management arm of Z Capital Group, L.L.C (together with its subsidiaries, “Z Capital”), a leading global alternative investment manager with approximately $2.3 billion of regulatory assets under management with offices in New York, NY; Lake Forest, IL; and Zurich, Switzerland. Z Capital manages opportunistic, value-oriented private equity and credit funds. Its investors include prominent global sovereign wealth funds, endowments, pension funds, insurance companies, foundations, family offices, and other institutions in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. For more information, please visitwww.zcap.net.

Contact

Jonathan Keehner / Aura Reinhard Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher 212-355-4449

Twin-Star International Receives Five Prestigious Platinum ADEX Design Awards for 2016

Delray Beach, FL., April 8, 2016 – Twin-Star International has once again been acknowledged as an award-winning manufacturer of fine quality home furnishings and small electrics. This year, five products were awarded the highly esteemed ADEX (Awards for Design Excellence) Platinum award, bringing Twin-Star International’s total to 25 Platinum ADEX awards since 2006. Twin-Star International has also received a total of 16 Gold ADEX awards and 12 Silver ADEX awards over the past ten years.

The Platinum awards were awarded for the new Powerheat patent pending electric lantern heaters, that come in an indoor and outdoor option, the new patent pending Powerheat 3D flame effect electric stove heater, a Bell’O open architecture media console with built-in Bluetooth Bell’O Digital speakers, the Bell’O Digital sound bar shelf, and a sleek, white ClassicFlame modern TV stand with an electric fireplace.

 

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Patent pending indoor electric candle lantern heater

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Patent pending 3D electric stove heater

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Bell’O Digital sound bar speaker shelf with Bluetooth connectivity

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Bell’O open architecture TV stand with built-in Bell’O Digital Bluetooth speaker bar

Sleek and modern TV stand with electric fireplace

Sleek and modern TV stand with electric fireplace

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Patent pending electric candle lantern heater

“It is a great privilege to once again be recognized with not just one, but several Platinum ADEX Awards,” stated Marc Sculler, Twin-Star International co-president. “The goal of our team of designers and engineers is to create high-quality, innovative products that meet the needs of our consumers. Receiving ADEX awards is an added bonus.”

ADEX, the Award for Design Excellence, is the largest and most prestigious award program for home, office, hospitality furnishings and building materials. ADEX entries are judged on usefulness of the application, originality and innovation, technical merit, their effect on the global environment, feasibility of the design, efficient use of energy, innovative use of components, cost optimization and clarity of supporting documentation. The top designs are given Platinum, Gold or Silver awards and are featured in the International Design Journal.

Twin-Star is a seasoned veteran when it comes to receiving ADEX awards. Since 2006, they have earned a total of 53 ADEX awards.

You can see all of the ADEX Platinum award-winning products in Twin-Star’s showroom (Market on Green, #304) at the High Point Spring Market, April 16-20 in High Point, NC. Visit www.twinstarhome.com to find a local retailer.

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About Twin-Star

Established in 1996, Twin-Star International, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL., is an award-winning manufacturer of home furnishings, stoves, heaters and consumer electronics, combining the latest trends with function and style to create unique products that enhance the lives of their customers. Twin-Star’s in-house designers and engineers keep a finger on the pulse of the latest trends and consumer demands, offering the most comprehensive and diversified product lines available. Twin-Star believes it is essential to have product lines that reflect the advanced thinking our designers have considered and executed, providing our customers with quality products and innovative designs. Twin-Star is known for their world-renowned brands: ClassicFlame, Duraflame, ChimneyFree, ClassicFlame Pro, Bell’O, Bell’O Digital and Powerheat. Find out more at www.twinstarhome.com.

 

 


Contact: Angela Scarbrough
561-665-8090
press@twinstarhome.com

 

 

Twin-Star International Expands Headquarter Office

Delray Beach, FL., March 25, 2016 – Twin-Star International, an award-winning manufacturer of home furnishings, electric fireplaces, electric stoves, heaters and consumer electronics, announces the expansion of their corporate headquarters in Delray Beach, Florida in order to accommodate continuing growth and future market development plans. Twin-Star has occupied their current office space since 2008, and has extended their lease until mid-2020. This announcement comes one and a half years after the acquisition of Bell’O and Bell’O Digital. The company will retain their existing satellite office space in Freehold, New Jersey.

The expansion coincides with the company’s 20-year anniversary and allows for expansion of Twin-Star’s talented team to support growth in core categories and ecommerce initiatives.

“Twin-Star International is very excited about expanding our headquarters, which fits our strategic needs, as well as giving a fresh workspace for building on our 20 years of experience,” said Marc Sculler, Co-President of Twin-Star International. “This expansion is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to our customers and our employees around the globe,” continued Peter Harper, Co-President of Twin-Star International.

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About Twin-Star

Established in 1996, Twin-Star International, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL., is an award-winning manufacturer of home furnishings, stoves, heaters and consumer electronics, combining the latest trends with function and style to create unique products that enhance the lives of their customers. Twin-Star’s in-house designers and engineers keep a finger on the pulse of the latest trends and consumer demands, offering the most comprehensive and diversified product lines available. Twin-Star believes it is essential to have product lines that reflect the advanced thinking our designers have considered and executed, providing our customers with quality products and innovative designs. Twin-Star is known for their world-renowned brands: ClassicFlame, Duraflame, ChimneyFree, ClassicFlame Pro, Bell’O, Bell’O Digital, Powerheat. Find out more at www.twinstarhome.com.

 

 


Contact: Angela Scarbrough
561-665-8090
press@twinstarhome.com