In 1977, Kurt Rumens first began selling stoves to supplement his income as a rock musician. In 1979, he created the Lopi™ Wood Stove and began building them in his garage.
From its humble beginnings, Lopi™ has grown to be a leader in the U.S. hearth products industry. In 1984, Lopi™ became the first company in the U.S. to develop an EPA-certified,
non-catalytic wood stove. In 1988, Travis Garske purchased both the Lopi™ and Avalon™ lines, renaming the company Travis Industries, Inc..
In 1992, with Kurt at the helm, Travis Industries acquired Fireplace Xtrodinair™
Today, Travis Industries is the largest, privately-owned wood, gas, pellet and electric stove, insert and fireplace company in America.
Travis Industries encompasses four high-quality brands. These brands are available exclusively from a network of more than 1,200 authorized retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and China.
All products are manufactured in the United States within an 11-acre facility, called the House of Fire
, employing up to 600 employees.
Kurt has never strayed far from his musician roots. He and his band, the “Flues Brothers,” often entertain at dealer conferences.