918 Freeburg Ave
Belleville, IL ="62220-26
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Family Owned Since 1932
A Full Line of Gas-Fired Products for the Independent Dealer
Made in the USA
Empire – a Family-Owned Tradition
Empire Comfort Systems grew out of a small sheet metal shop founded by Henry Bauer in 1911 in the city of Belleville, Illinois. Formally incorporated on August 26, 1932, Empire Stove Company produced sheet metal heaters that took advantage of the increasing availability of natural gas.
While the company has weathered the ups and downs of economic downturns, wars, labor strife, fires, and societal changes, the Bauer family has remained the one constant.
The family tradition continues. Nick Bauer and Jane Bauer represent the fourth generation of Bauers at Empire Comfort Systems – making this a continuously family-operated business since 1932.
The Products – Affordable, Efficient, Artful Heating Solutions
Empire has a tradition of listening to dealers and their customers. From early floor furnaces (a forerunner to central heating systems) to console heaters and wall furnaces, to gas fireplaces and log sets, to outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, Empire has adapted to market requirements.
Empire was the first to market vent-free heaters equipped with an Oxygen Depletion Sensor, now standard on all vent-free products in the U.S. In the 1980s, Empire became the first to market a gas-fired heater that achieves 80-percent efficiency, and in 2006, Empire marketed the first vented gas fireplace to achieve 90-percent efficiency. Today’s heater and hearth offerings cover a wide spectrum of gas-fired products:
– Vented, Vent-Free, and B-Vent Heaters and Fireplaces
– Vented and Vent-Free Log Sets
– Fireplace Inserts and Cast Iron Stoves
Seventeen years ago, the company purchased manufacturing rights to Broilmaster Premium Grills. The addition of this line helps keep employees working during the off-peak season for heaters and fireplaces, and gives our sales force an added tool for calling on customers. The Broilmaster brand enjoys unmatched owner loyalty, based on the grill’s exceptional performance and the lifetime warranty on most critical components. Empire still makes replacement parts for grills manufactured more than 30 years ago.
Made In USA – Providing Opportunity for Employees and Suppliers
Empire’s heaters, fireplaces and grills are assembled at the company’s two manufacturing facilities in Belleville, Illinois, just outside of St. Louis. Wherever possible, the company gives preference to North American suppliers.
Our Continuing Mission
Empire is committed to building high-quality products that serve the Consumers’ needs and provide profitable sales opportunities for our Distributors and Dealers. We will back our products with thoughtful design, research and development practices. We will back our customers with exceptional training and customer service support