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.