What’s Included in the HY-C Product Family?

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What’s Included in the HY-C Product Family?

HY-C started as a chimney cap manufacturer in 1947. And while we’ve continued producing chimney caps for over 75 years, our business has expanded quite a bit in that time. Since 1999, we’ve started or acquired many new brands and dipped our toes into an array of new product categories.

One of the first questions we get from retailers and distributors when exploring new sales partnerships is, “What kinds of products do you have to offer?” And that’s exactly the question we’re going to answer here.

In this guide, we’ll lay out all the product categories we serve. And while we won’t include every single product we make (because that list stretches into the hundreds for the chimney cap category alone), by the time you’re finished here, you’ll understand what products HY-C has to offer, and how those products can augment your business’s selection.

Chimney Caps

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As we mentioned, we’ve been making chimney caps for over three quarters of a century. They’re what we know best. HY-C offers the widest selection of chimney caps of any manufacturer in America, and in partnering with HY-C, you’ll be able to offer them to your customers.

We make chimney caps from galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and copper for single-flue and multi-flue chimneys. And even if one of our dozens of stock chimney caps doesn’t fit your customer’s home, HY-C manufactures custom chimney caps, too.

Wood Burning Furnaces

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Over a decade ago, HY-C acquired Fire Chief, an industry leader in wood burning central heating furnaces. After integrating Fire Chief into HY-C, we worked to create additional furnaces under our Shelter brand name as well.

While HY-C furnace models have come and gone over the years due to EPA regulations, we currently offer:

  • The Fire Chief FC1000E wood burning furnace
  • The Shelter SF1000E wood burning furnace

Many of the original Fire Chief staff are still with us today, and they continue to work within the EPA’s regulations to develop new indoor and outdoor furnaces.

Fireplace Grates

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Through the years, our hearth product offering has grown quite a bit. As we developed more and more chimney caps and furnaces, eventually, it made sense to start making fireplace grates, too.

Manufactured under our Liberty Foundry Co. brand name, most of our fireplace grates are cast iron (with the exception of our Steel Bar Grate Series).

Currently, we make five lines of fireplace grates:

  • The Franklin G Series
  • The G500 Sampson Series
  • The G800 Series
  • The G1000 Series
  • The GT SAF-T-GRATE Series
  • The Steel Bar Grate Series

Available in several sizes and with a variety of features from line to line, these grates fit just about any size of wood burning fireplace and hold up season after season.

Log Racks

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As we developed more and more wood burning-related products, we thought it would be helpful for our partners to manufacture wood storage solutions as well. So we began making log racks under our Shelter brand, and we offer them in a couple different styles:

  • Our standard log rack (in small, medium, extra-large, and extra-large tall)
  • A crescent-shaped log rack (available in two sizes)

We also offer an adjustable log rack, a log rack extension kit, a DIY log rack bracket kit, and a log caddy for easily transporting split firewood. We create covers that fit all of our standard log racks, too, to keep firewood dry and well-seasoned.

Stove Boards

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Many heating appliances (especially pellet and wood stoves) require ember and thermal protection against the heat they radiate. Yet many of these appliances are installed within close proximity to combustible materials (i.e., drywall or wood floors).

The solution? Stove boards — a mineral fiber board wrapped in steel that provides the thermal and ember protection that pellet stoves and wood stoves require. We offer stove boards in a variety of sizes and colorways to accommodate the aesthetics and logistics of most wood burning appliance installations.

Smokeless Fire Pits

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In 2014, we expanded further into the wood burning and hearth products space by acquiring Flame Genie, a fire pit manufacturer. These smokeless fire pits work by combining low-moisture pellet fuel and a bottom-to-top airflow design to create a truly smoke-free wood burning experience.

We manufacture two models of smokeless fire pits: the original 16” Flame Genie and the 19” Flame Genie Inferno. Both models are available either in unpainted stainless steel or galvanized steel with a black powder coat finish.

Heat Reclaimers

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In 2014, in addition to Flame Genie, we also acquired Magic Heat — a line of wood stove heat reclaimers. The inner workings of a heat reclaimer are complex, but in short, the device is installed on the chimney pipe of a pellet stove or wood stove. As heat travels up the flue, a fan on the back of the heat reclaimer blows that heat back into the room, increasing the overall heat output of the stove.

Our current selection of Magic Heat heat reclaimers are compatible with wood or coal burning appliances only (but are not compatible with gas heaters). We manufacture two models — one to fit 6” stove pipes, and one to fit 8” stove pipes.

Fireplace Accessories

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Rounding out our collection of hearth products is our group of fireplace accessories: fireplace firebacks and our fireplace smoke guards.

Firebacks are used in a fireplace to reflect additional heat back into the room, increasing the heat output of the fireplace. Made from either stainless steel or galvanized steel, the fireback sits in the back of the firebox and can be angled on its stand to reflect heat optimally.

Smoke guards are installed on the top and front of a fireplace. Their purpose is to prevent smoke from exiting the firebox and pouring back into your home. They do so by decreasing the surface area of your fireplace opening, thereby improving the draw of your flue, keeping smoke moving up the chimney.

Wildlife Exclusion

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In 2018, we introduced our HY-GUARD EXCLUSION brand to serve the wildlife exclusion market. Living spaces across the country have vulnerable spots on them (like dryer vent openings, chimneys, foundation vents, and soffit vents) where animals of all sizes can get in. HY-GUARD’s wildlife exclusion devices cover these openings to keep critters out.

Our exclusion product category is complex, because every product is developed both for the size and habits of certain critters. But the line can essentially be narrowed down into two product types: exclusion screens and exclusion guards.

Screens are installed over flat openings like soffit vents and foundation vents. Guards are designed to cover protrusions like dryer vents and roof vents. We also manufacture Pest Armor — a style of screen made with tighter metal mesh designed to keep insects out.

Rotary Cleaning

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Over the past few years, we’ve developed a few drill-powered cleaning implements. These rotary cleaning tools utilize the torque of a drill to clean faster, better, and more efficiently.

We currently make four rotary cleaning tools, all designed for unique purposes:

All of these products exist under our Gardus brand name and come with additional bells and whistles to make their respective cleaning jobs simpler.

Outdoor Power Equipment Upgrades

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Finally, in 2023, we acquired Good Vibrations — a line of outdoor power equipment upgrades. These devices are used on lawn tractors, riding mowers, weed eaters, and other lawn care tools to make mowing easier and more efficient.

Consisting of hitches, hitch pins, mower starter handles, and much more, Good Vibrations is our biggest departure from our traditional fall and winter product lines into something designed especially for spring and summer.

Our Good Vibrations product guide takes a closer look at each product in the line to give you a sense of what they are and how they work.

How Do You Start Selling HY-C Products?

And that’s it — the entire HY-C product catalog from top to bottom. Whether you’re a distributor or a retail buyer, there’s a good chance that your business is a great fit for at least some of the products we manufacture.

But how do you start stocking and selling HY-C products?

It all starts with becoming a HY-C sales partner. After a simple, straightforward onboarding process, you’ll have access to the entire scope of our product catalog. Whether you’re a small company or a multinational retailer, you’ll be able to stock products that will help to increase your average ticket price, facilitate incremental sales, and grow your company’s revenue.

If you need any help through the sales partner onboarding process or you have questions about finding the right products for your business, one of our account managers will be happy to help. Their mission is to ensure you have all the tools you need to transport, display, and sell HY-C products as effectively as possible, no matter how your business operates.

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How to Become a HY-C Sales Partner

At HY-C, we’ve been fortunate to cultivate a robust, diverse network of sales partners over the years. Our selection of chimney caps, hearth products, rotary cleaning tools, and outdoor power equipment upgrades touch quite a few different industries, so we’ve had the privilege of working with all kinds of businesses.

From small-town farm and home retailers to multinational chains, HY-C works with many types of companies. Because of that, we’ve learned how to accommodate a diverse range of business needs, no matter your company’s size or the industry you work in.

If you want to join that network and sell HY-C products, it can be tough to know where to start. What information do you need to provide? How do you provide it? What does the beginning of a sales relationship with HY-C look like?

In this guide, we’re going to explain exactly how to become a HY-C sales partner. We’ll cover all the information we need from you to get started, how to apply for credit, and what to do if your business is sales tax exempt.

By the time you’re finished here, you’ll have everything you need to kickstart the process of becoming a HY-C sales partner.

The HY-C Sales Partner Application

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The piece that drives the entire process of becoming a sales partner is the HY-C sales partner application. In this form, you’ll provide important information that will make it easier for us to do business together.

To make the process easy and efficient, we categorize our partners into one of four groups:

  1. Not requesting a line of credit and not exempt from sales taxes
  2. Requesting a line of credit and not exempt from sales taxes
  3. Requesting a line of credit and exempt from sales taxes
  4. Not requesting a line of credit and exempt from sales taxes

The amount of information you provide in the sales partner application depends on which category you fall into. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the application section by section.

Section 1: General Information

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Basics

To start, we’ll ask for some basic information about your company, including:

  • A company phone number
  • A company email address
  • A company fax number
  • Your website
  • Any company social media accounts

We’ll also ask for some location information, such as:

  • The company address
  • City
  • State
  • Postal code

The application will also ask for the shipping address of your company. This address is important, as it determines where we’ll send your purchasing orders.

Business Information

In the general information section, we’ll also ask for the date your business started and the number of employees your business has.

We’ll ask you to provide your business’s SIC code — a four-digit U.S. government code used to classify businesses by which type of industry they’re in.

The form also asks for a DUNS number — a number issued by a company called Dun & Bradstreet that’s used to establish the creditworthiness of a company.

There are also spots for you to indicate:

  • Which type of business you are (i.e., individual, partnership, LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, etc.)
  • Whether or not you are part of a buying group (and if so, which group)
  • Whether or not your company is sales tax exempt

Company Contact Information

This section asks for names, email addresses, and phone numbers (with extensions, if applicable) for key company contacts, including:

  • Accounts payable
  • Sales
  • Purchasing
  • Marketing
  • Order confirmations
  • Invoices
  • Shipping notices

Finally, the general information section ends by asking if your business is a warehouse account, whether or not your business is a drop ship account, and if you would like to allow backorders.

Section 2: Line of Credit Request

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If your company is not requesting a line of credit from HY-C, you can check the “No” box and skip this section of the application entirely.

If you are requesting a line of credit, though, you’ll need to indicate your requested credit limit on the application. We’ll also require a bank reference and a reference from up to three other suppliers with whom you currently do business.

The references you supply should meet the following criteria:

  • You must have been doing business with your reference within the past 3 years
  • Your lines of credit established with your references should be similar to the dollar amount of credit you request from HY-C

Be sure that you do not submit references who you don’t want HY-C to contact. Also, accurate information will expedite the application process, so double-check your references’ contact information before submitting your application.

Section 3: Principals/Officers Responsible for Commercial Transactions

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This section is relatively simple: we’ll ask for some basic information about the owners or shareholders of your company. They’ll be asked to provide:

  • Their name and title
  • Their address, city, state, and postal code
  • Their percentage of ownership in the company
  • A signature and date

The application provides space for information from three company principals. If your company has more than three principals, be sure to duplicate this page of the application to supply additional information.

Section 4: Sales Tax

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Finally, we’ll ask for your sales tax exemption information. If your company is not sales tax exempt, simply check the “not sales tax exempt” box and skip this part of the form.

If your company is sales tax exempt, you’ll need to provide your sales tax exemption form (also known as a resale certification). You can send this information by mail or electronically.

HY-C uses CertExpress from Avalara to collect digital exemption certificates from applicants. The sales partner application provides a link to the CertExpress tool where you can securely submit exemption certificates to HY-C.

The final page of the application contains a section for you to authorize the release of your bank information for the purpose of a credit check. You’ll need to provide:

  • The name of your credit institution
  • Your company’s bank account number
  • A signature
  • Your printed name
  • The date

How do New Sales Partners Start Purchasing HY-C Products?

After your application is submitted, we’ll verify your sales tax exempt status and run a credit check, both of which don’t take more than a few business days (or less). After everything is confirmed, you’ll be officially onboarded as a HY-C sales partner!

But now that you’ve been onboarded, how do you start ordering products?

As a new sales partner, you can send orders to your account representative through email, or you can fax orders to us. But the vast majority of our sales partners utilize some kind of EDI (electronic data interchange) software to place their purchase orders.

And whichever EDI system your company utilizes, our sales force and IT team are more than happy to work with you to integrate our systems to facilitate a seamless, efficient ordering pipeline. Get in touch with a HY-C account manager to get started today!

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Everything You Need to become a Custom Chimney Cap Distributor

Chimneys and chimney flues come in all shapes and sizes. If you sell chimney caps, your single-flue selection is simple: just four chimney cap sizes — 9 inches by 9 inches, 9 inches by 13 inches, 13 inches by 13 inches, and 13 inches by 18 inches — cover about 95% of your customers.

Multi-flue caps are much more complicated, though. At HY-C, we make a sizable stock selection of multi-flue chimney caps, but unfortunately, it’s still much more difficult to cover everyone.

This is because single-flue caps are installed directly on a chimney flue, and flues come in a few standard, predictable sizes. Multi-flue cap sizes, however, depend either on the dimensions of a chimney’s crown or the chimney brick itself, which vary wildly.

Still, if your customers need a multi-flue chimney cap outside of the standard dimensions, you need to be able to serve them. And that’s where custom chimney caps come in.

In this guide, we’re going to outline everything you need to know about becoming a custom chimney cap distributor with HY-C. From the types of custom caps available to actually getting the caps made and shipped, by the time you’re finished here, you’ll have all the information you need to start providing custom chimney caps to your customers.

HY-C’s Custom Chimney Cap Selection

Before diving into the logistics of the custom chimney cap ordering process, let’s outline the styles of custom chimney caps HY-C has to offer. We make three different kinds of custom chimney caps:

  1. Custom Band-Around-Brick chimney caps
  2. Custom Big Top chimney caps
  3. Custom Skirt-Type chimney caps
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Custom Band-Around-Brick caps are available in:

  • Aluminum (with a maximum base size of 60 inches by 96 inches)
  • Stainless steel (with a maximum base size of 48 inches by 96 inches)

Custom Skirt-Type caps are available in:

  • Aluminum (with a maximum base size of 60 inches by 96 inches)
  • Stainless steel (with a maximum base size of 48 inches by 96 inches)
  • Copper (with a maximum base size of 38 inches by 88 inches)

Custom Big Top caps are available in:

  • Galvanized steel (with a maximum base size of 40 inches by 96 inches)
  • Stainless steel (with a maximum base size of 40 inches by 88 inches)
  • Copper (with a maximum base size of 38 inches by 88 inches)

The HY-C Custom Chimney Cap Ordering Process

Now that you know what kinds of custom chimney caps we make and the sizes and material options we offer, it’s time to place an order. If you don’t already do business with us, the first thing you’ll need to do is become an official HY-C sales partner.

For existing HY-C sales partners, the custom chimney cap ordering process basically works like this:

  • Your customer places a custom cap order through you
  • You send the custom cap order to us
  • We make the custom cap and send it to you
  • You send the cap to your customer

While that’s the basic structure, the ordering pipeline is admittedly more nuanced than that at every step. So, let’s lay out the entire custom chimney cap ordering process from start to finish.

1. A Customer Expresses a Need for a Custom Chimney Cap

Whether it’s a homeowner, a roofing professional, or a chimney sweep, the custom chimney cap process always starts the same way: someone discovers that they need a chimney cap in a non-standard size.

They may reach out directly to you as a custom HY-C chimney cap distributor, or they may reach out to us (in which case, we’ll refer them to the closest distributor to their area).

2. The Customer (or You) Fills out the Custom Chimney Cap Order Form

The next thing we’ll need is for either you or your customer to fill out the HY-C custom chimney cap order form. This form has all the information we need to build the right chimney cap for your customer, including:

  • The style of cap they want (Band-Around Brick, Skirt-Type, or Big Top)
  • The length and width of their chimney
  • The height of their flue tile (from the top row of chimney brick)
  • The metal type (aluminum, stainless steel, copper, or galvanized steel, as applicable)

After the form is filled out, it can be sent back to us by email (at [email protected]) or by fax (314-241-2277). Be sure to include your name and phone number on the form.

3. We Calculate the Price of the Chimney Cap Based on the Information in the Order Form

The price of a chimney cap varies based on 3 factors:

  • The style of cap
  • The type of metal
  • The dimensions of the cap

We’ve developed a complex custom chimney cap pricing calculator based on all the possible combinations of metal types, styles, and dimensions available. Obviously, because of the “custom” nature of custom chimney caps, prices vary greatly from cap to cap.

Very generally, though, here’s a range of prices based on the custom cap’s material, dimensions, and style:

  • Aluminum custom chimney cap MSRP range: $185 to $1,700
  • Galvanized steel custom chimney cap MSRP range: $230 to $1,250
  • Stainless steel custom chimney cap MSRP range: $320 to $2,400
  • Copper custom chimney cap MSRP range: $500 to $3,200

As you can see, these price ranges are very wide depending on your customer’s needs. Note also that the prices shown here are MSRP prices — that is, the price a homeowner or end user will pay for a finished cap.

4. You Place the Custom Chimney Cap Order

After we’ve determined the actual dimensions of the cap and its price, the next step is simple: you (as the distributor) will place an order for the cap on behalf of your customer.

After you do, we’ll create a manufacturing order on our end (based on the order you submit) that will be sent to our custom chimney caps department in our factory.

Because each custom chimney cap is unique, unfortunately, we’re unable to accept refunds on them after an order is placed. For this reason, it’s pivotal to triple-check the custom cap order form before sending it in.

5. HY-C Makes the Custom Chimney Cap

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After the logistics and the paperwork are all sorted out, the process of actually making the cap begins. The employees in our custom caps department have been making custom chimney caps for years, and they’re well-equipped to make anything your customer needs.

When your order finally reaches our custom caps department, maximum lead times are generally around 7 business days. Caps are often finished sooner than that, and they rarely take longer to make than that 7-business-day window.

6. We Ship the Cap to You (or Your Customer)

When the custom cap is finished, the only thing left to do is ship it out. Shipping is handled in one of two ways:

  1. We can ship the cap to you (and you can then ship it to your customer)
  2. We can drop ship the cap directly to your customer

We can accommodate either method, and we leave the decision up to you. Whatever you decide, though, note that we’ll invoice you for the cost of manufacturing the cap. From there, you can charge your customer for the finished chimney cap.

Note also that finished caps are shipped unassembled. They’ll need to be put together by the installer.

How Do You Start Offering Custom Chimney Caps to Your Customers?

By now, you should have a good sense of the entire custom chimney cap process from start to finish. But how do you start actually selling custom chimney caps to your customer base of roofers, chimney sweeps, or contractors?

Well, if you’re not a HY-C sales partner yet, you need to become one. We set up new customers all the time, and if you’d like to become a sales partner, we’ll be happy to facilitate that process.

If you are a current HY-C sales partner, you can start ordering custom chimney caps from us at any time. Be sure to let your customers know that you’re an authorized dealer and utilize the custom chimney cap order form to order what they need.

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5 Reasons Pest Control Operators Should Offer Wildlife Exclusion

The pest control and wildlife control worlds are typically treated as separate entities. Pest control operators use specialized, industry-specific knowledge in their jobs, and they usually feel that an outsider — like a wildlife control operator — can’t just step in and start performing pest control operations with no training. Wildlife control operators tend to feel the same way.

While this is generally true, and both groups tend to stick to their own specialty, there is a specific category of wildlife control — wildlife exclusion — that provides a great opportunity for pest control operators to dip their toes into the wildlife world.

At HY-C, we manufacture several wildlife exclusion devices under our HY-GUARD EXCLUSION brand name, and we firmly believe that wildlife exclusion is a perfect addition to any pest control operator’s toolbelt.

So, in the interest of helping those in the pest control world round out their integrated pest management skills, in this guide, we’re going to make the case as to why pest control operators should add wildlife exclusion to their offering.

By the time you’re finished here, you’ll understand what wildlife exclusion is, how it can benefit pest control operators, and whether or not you should start offering wildlife exclusion solutions to your customers.

What is Wildlife Exclusion?

Pest control and wildlife exclusion aren’t that different from one another. But while pest control operators tend to think of wildlife exclusion simply as the removal of rats and mice from homes, there’s a bit more to it than that.

Rather than baiting, trapping, and releasing critters who have already gained access to a home, wildlife exclusion deals with preventing animals from getting into a home in the first place.

Wildlife control operators install exclusion screens and guards on vulnerable openings on houses (usually vents) to stop critters from gaining access to chimneys, attics, foundations, or soffits.

5 Reasons Why Pest Control Operators Should Consider Wildlife Exclusion

As a pest management professional, you may never have considered adding wildlife exclusion to your toolkit. Whether you’ve been in your job for decades or months, you may feel unprepared to step into the world of wildlife control.

Wildlife exclusion may not require as many hurdles as you might expect, though. In fact, we’re come up with 5 reasons as to why wildlife exclusion may just be the perfect addition to your pest management business.

1. You Have Prerequisite Wildlife Exclusion Skills That Most People Don’t

We’ve already covered why only professionals should install wildlife exclusion products. Some of the main reasons for this are:

  1. Working from heights (like roofs) is dangerous
  2. Wildlife laws vary widely
  3. Understanding animal behavior requires training

The good news for you as a pest management professional, though, is that you don’t need to worry about these limitations. You likely have experience working on roofs, you probably already understand local critter and pest behaviors, and you’re no doubt familiar with your local wildlife laws.

You also understand the spots where pests tend to enter homes and how to get them out. And even if you are lacking in one of these areas, your training as a pest control operator will make it easy for you to catch on to these wildlife exclusion prerequisites.

In short, it’s much easier for you to jump into wildlife exclusion than anybody else. You may not realize it, but you already have many of the required skills.

2. There’s an Increasing Intolerance for Pests in Homes

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It’s tough to show any data on this, but if you’ve been in the pest or wildlife control industries for a while, this is a fact that you can kind of just “feel”.

20 years ago, if somebody had a mouse in their house, they’d buy a mouse trap. If a raccoon made a nest under their porch, they’d flush it out. Pest and wildlife control were still around, of course, but more people felt comfortable taking small to medium critter control issues into their own hands.

Nowadays, homeowners — especially new, young homeowners — are more likely to call a professional to remove anything and everything from their homes.

This intolerance toward pests combined with a hesitancy to deal with them means that homeowners are now more likely to pay for a one-time, permanent, preventive solution like wildlife exclusion. And, as we’ve covered, you have the prerequisites to start installing these devices yourself.

3. There’s an Increasing Intolerance against Pesticides and Insecticides

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Deserved or not, there’s no denying that chemical agents — especially those used on foods or in homes — are facing more and more scrutiny with each passing year. Government agencies have been creating laws about what can and can’t be used for decades, and the regulations get even more complex on a state-by-state basis.

And while governments cracking down on pesticides is not new, concerns among homeowners over the kinds of chemicals used on their property have been on the rise. As millennial and gen-z homeowners start accounting for a larger portion of the housing market, they bring their environmental concerns with them into their homes.

Whether you think these health and environmental concerns are warranted or not, there’s no denying that they exist. And it’s tough to change peoples’ minds about them.

Thankfully, wildlife exclusion devices don’t face this kind of scrutiny. These simple metal screens allow you to offer an environmentally friendly, chemical-free critter solution, should your customer request one. They’re effective, they’re permanent, and they’re humane, too.

4. Wildlife Exclusion will Generate More Revenue for You

Most pest control services are subscription-based. Whether your company’s contracts are based on a per month or per visit basis, the same principle applies: homeowners pay you to spray for bugs throughout the year, and you service their home for the length of the contract.

Of course, bugs aren’t the only pest-related threat to your customers’ homes. Birds, raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, snakes — the list differs depending on where your customers live, but the idea remains the same: wildlife wants to take shelter from the elements (and other wildlife) in the homes you serve.

Wildlife exclusion devices can be offered as a preventative, add-on service to your existing pest control offering. You can warn your customers about vulnerable spots on their homes like chimneys, foundation vents, soffit vents, bathroom vents, and dryer vents, and provide one-time solutions that will raise your average ticket prices.

Of course, the downside to this is that you’ll only be able to do it once. Unlike most pest control solutions which are charged monthly or annually, wildlife exclusion devices are a one-time charge. Still, though, it’s better to be able to offer the solution once than never being able to offer it at all.

5. You Already Have a Pre-Qualified Wildlife Exclusion Client Base

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This is perhaps the most compelling reason why your pest control business should start offering wildlife exclusion products: every client you’ve served so far has had a pest problem. Every home you’ve visited is owned by someone who has shown that they are willing to pay money to keep critters away.

Your clients are exactly the kind of people who will want wildlife exclusion devices on their homes. If you contact them and offer an array of preventative exclusion solutions on top of your current pest control package, you’re very likely to have success.

How Do You Start Offering Wildlife Exclusion Solutions?

By now, it should be pretty clear that wildlife exclusion is a fantastic opportunity for pest management professionals. Pest control operators have the prerequisites to handle and install the products, industry trends are shifting toward exclusion-based solutions, and pest control companies have already done the legwork of building the perfect customer base for wildlife exclusion.

So — what’s next? If you’re interested, how do you get started?

The best thing to do is find out what kinds of exclusion products are available and where (and how) to install them. Our HY-GUARD EXCLUSION line was designed from the ground up to account for virtually every wildlife exclusion situation.

From roof to foundation and everything in between, the HY-GUARD line is essentially a comprehensive array of all things exclusion. If you’re interested in offering wildlife exclusion solutions for your pest control clients, take a look at what’s in the HY-GUARD EXCLUSION portfolio.

From there, you’ll be able to decide which solutions make the most sense to add to your business’s toolkit, and you’ll be ready to start sealing critters out of your customers’ homes.

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How the HY-C Learning Center can Help Your Business

HY-C recently launched a repository of free online resources called the Learning Center. It contains in-depth product reviews, comparisons, guides, and more written content about the categories we serve and the products we manufacture.

We publish 3 new pieces of content a week to our Learning Center in an effort to provide tools for our sales partners and to educate their customers.

But what does this content have to do with you as a sales partner? How can you use it? How can it help grow your business?

In this guide, we’re going to cover just what the HY-C Learning Center can do for you. We’ll include tips on how to utilize the content, how it can help optimize your website, and more information on how you can get the best out of the HY-C Learning Center.

The HY-C Learning Center Helps Create Well-Educated Customers

This is a benefit that doesn’t necessarily require any direct action on your part. One of the primary goals of the content in the Learning Center is to help homeowners learn about chimney caps, wood burning furnaces, wildlife exclusion products, and more of the products that we manufacture (and that you sell).

There are ways that you can use and distribute the content in the Learning Center (we’ll get into those in a bit), but since its launch in September of 2023, the Learning Center’s readership has climbed into the thousands.

As homeowners search online for questions that they have about our products, they discover the Learning Center and become better-educated buyers. That means by the time they end up in your store, they’ll know exactly what they need and how it works, saving your employees time and generating sales for your business.

The HY-C Learning Center Can Help Educate Your Employees

If you’re a retailer and you carry HY-C products in your store, they’ll sell most effectively if your employees understand the products and can explain their nuances to your customers. But it can be tough for a retail employee to learn everything there is to know about your store’s entire product selection. That’s where the Learning Center comes in.

For example, if you sell wood burning furnaces, your employees need to be able to explain exactly how to burn wood in a furnace. Our best burn practices guide covers that topic in depth.

If you carry Solo Stove smokeless fire pits and our Flame Genie smokeless fire pits, your employees need to understand the differences between those two products to help your customers decide which one is best for them. Our Flame Genie vs. Solo Stove guide can help.

The examples are endless, and the volume of content we’ve published (and will continue to publish) on our products specifically and our categories in general can help to sharpen your employees’ skills and make them more effective educators of your customers.

The same principle applies if you’re a distributor. If your salespeople sell HY-C products to dealers, they’ll sell more effectively if they can explain how Good Vibrations products can drive incremental sales, or how it’s a good sales opportunity to stock LintEater in their stores.

Use the Learning Center to educate your employees so they can, in turn, educate your customers and generate sales.

The HY-C Learning Can Help Boost Your SEO Efforts

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The wonderful world of SEO is as complex and confusing as it is rewarding and exciting. The Google search algorithms seem almost arbitrary, and it can be tough to stay on top of SEO best practices and trends. One SEO practice that has remained rock-solid through the years, though, is backlinking.

Unlike other ranking metrics, it’s pretty well-established by this point that outbound links have a positive effect on SEO — you may have noticed that this section of this article already contains three of them. Linking to other authoritative websites sends signals to search engines that your site is also a reliable source of good information.

With that said, if your website has a blog or any kind of repository of published content, never hesitate to link to content from the HY-C Learning Center where it makes sense, especially if you cover similar topics. It will help HY-C improve our backlink profile, and it will help you improve your SEO signals to Google, Yahoo!, and Bing by linking to written content straight from the manufacturer.

The HY-C Learning Center Can Enhance E-Commerce Product Pages

Do you sell HY-C products online? The Learning Center can be particularly effective for you and your business, especially on product description pages. Well-educated buyers make better buying decisions, end up more satisfied with their purchases, and are less likely to make returns. And the HY-C Learning Center has already developed the tools you need to help educate your customers best.

Take chimney caps as an example. One of the most important aspects of finding the right chimney cap for your flue is finding the right size. And with so many size options available, customers may get confused and worry about choosing the wrong cap size.

A HY-C chimney cap product description page with a link to an article about chimney caps demonstrating that clicking the link opens that article

Adding a link to our chimney cap size guide on your chimney caps’ product description pages can help customers quickly determine which size they need, making for a better shopping experience.

This isn’t limited to chimney caps, either. With articles such as “Everything You Need to Know about Fireplace Firebacks”, “Is a Wood Burning Furnace Right for You?” and “The Benefits of Foundation Vent Covers”, there are dozens of Learning Center articles you can add to your website’s product pages to help educate your customers and create a better shopping experience.

The HY-C Learning Center Has Content Written Specifically for Sales Partners

An educated shopper makes better buying decisions and winds up happier with the purchase. Similarly, an educated sales partner is armed with the tools they need to make the best decisions to help their business grow.

The HY-C Learning Center isn’t just for your customers; it’s for you, too. We work to develop content to make it easier to do business with us, answering the burning questions and concerns you may have before you even have to voice them.

You can find this sales partner-related content by navigating to the HY-C Learning Center, scrolling down to the “Filter by Topic” tab, and selecting the “Sales Partners” filter.

How Can You Start to Use the HY-C Learning Center for Your Business?

Our Learning Center has been live for over 6 months at this point, and we plan to keep adding content to it for years to come. After all, customers never run out of questions and concerns, and as long as there is a need to address them, the Learning Center will.

So, as a HY-C sales partner, how can you start utilizing the Learning Center today?

Well, if you own retail stores, start sharing the content with your employees. The better-educated they are, the more well-equipped they’ll be to assist your customers and address their needs.

If you’re a distributor, share the Learning Center with your sales team. Content exists not only to help them understand the basics of the HY-C products you sell, but also how to sell the products efficiently and effectively.

If you sell our products online, link to Learning Center articles on your product pages or on your own blog. Your customers will get in-depth product information straight from the manufacturer, and you’ll send strong SEO signals to search engines to improve your website’s ranking.

Either way, the best place to start is in the Learning Center itself. You’re already here  — welcome! — so continue to peruse our volumes of written content. Educate yourself and learn how to educate your employees and customers so you can continue to grow your business.

L-Mesh Pest Armor installed on a solar panel on a roof with brown shingles

Everything You Need to Know about L-Mesh Pest Armor

Nobody wants nuisance wildlife or pests in their home. The pest control industry is estimated to be worth around $25 billion, and for good reason: when a critter invades a home, homeowners want them out of there as quickly as possible.

What’s perhaps even more effective than pest control, however, is pest preventionstopping bugs and animals before they can even get in.

HY-GUARD EXCLUSION, a HY-C company, makes exclusion screens and guards installed on vulnerable spots on homes across the country to keep critters out. One HY-GUARD EXCLUSION product — Pest Armor — is designed both for animals and insects. It’s perhaps the most versatile Pest Armor product we make.

But what is L-Mesh Pest Armor? How does it work? And where on homes does it get installed?

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about L-Mesh. We’ll explain what it’s made of, how to use it, the kinds of critters it excludes, and even some caveats to consider.

By the time you’re done here, you’ll understand whether or not L-Mesh Pest Armor is a good fit for your home — or, if you’re a wildlife control operator, the homes you service.

What is L-Mesh Pest Armor?

The profiles of each type of Pest Armor — High Profile Z-Mesh, Low Profile Z-Mesh, L-Mesh, and Expanded High Profile Z-Mesh — side by side against a white background

HY-C manufactures HY-GUARD EXCLUSION Pest Armor in four different profiles:

  1. High Profile Z-Mesh
  2. Low Profile Z-Mesh
  3. L-Mesh
  4. Expanded High-Profile Z-Mesh

Each profile is better-suited to different applications. The L-Mesh is designed to be universal. Its shape is conducive to covering several kinds of gaps on a home, making it a versatile pest exclusion solution.

Material and Sizes

L-Mesh Pest Armor is made of galvanized steel. A black powder coat is added to the finished Pest Armor, providing the steel beneath with some protection against the elements.

The “L” of the L-Mesh measures 1 inch by 3.5 inches, and the entire length of a unit of L-Mesh measures 48 inches (or 4 feet). We sell 40-piece boxes of L-Mesh, offering a total of 160 linear feet of pest coverage on a home.

These boxes contain all the applicable hex head screws and washers required to attach the L-Mesh to its installation location.

What Kind of Critters Does L-Mesh Exclude?

A yellow jacket resting on a wooden surface

Our HY-GUARD EXCLUSION products are designed to keep out two different groups of critters from homes: animals and insects.

Some products in the line are best-suited only to exclude animals, while other products can exclude both groups of critters. L-Mesh is in the latter group, capable of excluding both wildlife and pests.

It features ¼” metal mesh in the body of its design. This mesh is open enough to allow proper drainage and ventilation, but small enough to exclude everything from large, stinging insects to small mammals. Some of the most common animals L-Mesh excludes are:

  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Bats
  • Birds
  • Snakes

And some of the most common insects it excludes are:

  • Wasps
  • Bees
  • Hornets
  • Stink bugs
  • Spiders
  • Yellow jackets

Where on a Home is L-Mesh Used?

L-Mesh is a versatile, universal pest exclusion solution, and wildlife control operators have been very creative about how and where they install it. But there are two primary spots where L-Mesh is most commonly installed on homes: rainscreen siding gaps and solar panels.

Rainscreen Siding

Yellow rainscreen being installed near a white window frame underneath wooden siding on the side of a house

Rainscreen is a kind of open, woven polymer material that comes in sheets and is installed during the home building process. It’s applied between the interior wood of a wall and the siding to allow rain and other moisture to drain out over time.

The problem with a rainscreen siding system is that it leaves a gap for critters — especially birds and insects — to get in and make a home. L-Mesh is installed over the gap of the rainscreen siding, locking critters out while still allowing for proper drainage and ventilation.

L-Mesh Pest Armor installed near the foundation of a home under a rainscreen siding gap with a large suburban house in the background
L-Mesh Pest Armor installed over a rainscreen siding gap on the foundation of a house

Solar Panels

Solar panels installed on a roof with clay tile shingles with the sun shining in the top-left corner

Solar panel installations on residential buildings have been increasing rapidly over the past few decades. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, in 2013, there were about 2,300 solar panel installations on homes in the U.S. In 2023 — just 10 years later — there were nearly 35,000.

Solar panels are a great source of natural, renewable energy, but they come with a problem: there’s typically a 4” to 8” gap between the panels and the roof. Critters can burrow in these gaps for protection from the elements, and while they’re there, they can wreak havoc, chewing through the electrical components that allow the panels to work.

L-Mesh’s L-shaped design is conducive to covering these gaps and keeping animals from ruining solar panels. The 1” flange attaches to the roof, while the 3.5” edge sits flush against the solar panels, blocking out both animals and large insects.

L-Mesh Pest Armor installed over the gaps of a solar panel on a roof with gray shingles
L-Mesh Pest Armor installed on a solar panel

With solar panel installations increasing every year, L-Mesh presents wildlife control operators the opportunity to offer a fast-growing, much-needed exclusion solution to their customers.

Two L-Mesh Pest Armor Caveats

No product is a perfect, catch-all solution, and L-Mesh is no exception. Before you decide to install some on your home or offer it to your customers, there are two important caveats that you should be aware of.

L-Mesh Should Not be Used within 25 Miles of a Saltwater Coast

As we mentioned, L-Mesh is made of galvanized steel. This type of steel is cost-effective, but it doesn’t stand up well against saltwater. The chemical makeup of saltwater causes galvanized steel to rust, so if you operate near the ocean or a saltwater lake, L-Mesh may not be your best choice.

We have worked on developing a new, stainless steel version of Pest Armor, but at the moment, it’s only available in the High Profile Z-Mesh style. If enough customers or wildlife control operators express interest in stainless steel L-Mesh, we can explore filling that need. Just understand that it will be much more expensive than the galvanized steel style.

L-Mesh May Not be Long Enough for Some Solar Panel Installations

We’ve found that L-Mesh has been a great solution to keep critters from meddling with solar panels. Our research, however, has shown that solar panels can be anywhere from 2” to 8” high off of a roof.

L-Mesh Pest Armor can only offer 3.5” of coverage at the most for a solar panel. Any panels higher off of a roof than that aren’t a good fit for L-Mesh. We’re looking at producing L-Mesh in longer lengths to accommodate more solar panel setups, but nothing is available yet at the time of writing.

Do You Need L-Mesh Pest Armor?

Wildlife exclusion is an art and a science. In order to utilize and install wildlife exclusion devices correctly, you have to understand the habits and traits of the critters in your area and know which exclusion tool works best to keep them out.

With that in mind, you may be wondering: is L-Mesh right for you?

If your home (or the homes you service as a wildlife control operator) feature a rainscreen siding gap or solar panels on the roof, L-Mesh is a great solution to exclude critters. Its solid steel construction and tight, ¼” mesh is good for excluding animals and insects alike.

A small investment in L-Mesh upfront can save you or your client from expensive repair bills down the road, keeping your home pest-protected and damage-free.

If you’re interested in installing L-Mesh on your home, reach out to a wildlife control operator in your area. If you’re a wildlife control operator yourself, a HY-C account manager can help you discover how you can add L-Mesh to your wildlife exclusion repertoire today.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Stock the Gardus LintEater

Whether you’re a retailer or a distributor, there’s always pressure to raise sales and make more money. Sometimes, you have to get creative when you’re looking for new opportunities to increase revenue.

As an example, the automobile industry is worth over 2.5 trillion dollars, resulting in a whole sub-industry — automobile repair and maintenance — that itself is worth billions of dollars.

In a similar manner, the tumble dryer market is worth nearly 15 billion dollars, resulting in a whole sub-industry — dryer repair and maintenance — with millions of dollars in sales opportunities.

At HY-C, we manufacture a clothes dryer maintenance product called LintEater under our Gardus brand name. It’s in retailers all across the country, and there’s a chance it should be in your store or warehouse, too.

In this guide, we’re going to provide some quick insight on what LintEater is and how it works, and we’ll outline six reasons why your business might be a good fit to carry LintEater. By the time you’re finished, you’ll have all the information you need to decide whether LintEater is the right product for you and your business.

What is LintEater?

As you use your clothes dryer over time, lint builds up in the lint trap. After a cycle or two, you need to take out the lint trap and remove the lint — something you’ve probably done on countless occasions.

What you may not know, though, is that in addition to your lint trap, lint also accumulates in your dryer vent. This lint is much harder to clean out, especially because many dryer vents are over 10 feet long and installed inside the walls of your home. That lint still needs to be cleaned once or twice a year, though — and that’s where LintEater comes in.

LintEater is a rotary cleaning tool. It consists of an auger brush and four extension rods that attach to your drill. Just assemble the kit, hook it up to your drill, and slowly push it through the dryer vent with the drill powered on. The drill helps propel the auger brush through your vent, and after a few minutes, it will be lint-free — no professional cleaning service required.

6 Reasons Why You Should Stock LintEater

Now that you know what LintEater is and how it works, let’s consider how it can help you to grow your business and create more sales. Whether you’re a retailer or a distributor, here are six reasons why your business should consider adding LintEater to your product catalog.

1. LintEater Can Save Your Customers Money

When Energy Star-labeled clothes dryers first hit the market, the EPA estimated that they could save consumers up to $1.5 billion annually. How? Well, dryers use up a lot of power, adding more money to peoples’ monthly energy bills. Newer, more energy-efficient dryers helped to cut down on these bills by billions of dollars nationwide.

A dryer vent clogged with lint operates much less efficiently, requiring longer drying cycles and adding to a monthly energy bill. LintEater eliminates this lint buildup, keeping dryers operating efficiently. A LintEater costs between $30 and $60 at retail (depending on the model), but it can pay for itself in energy savings in a matter of months.

2. There are 89 Million Clothes Dryers in the United States

A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that there are over 89 million clothes dryers in the U.S. That’s a lot of lint that needs to be cleaned, and a lot of shoppers looking for ways to clean it.

As a retailer, it’s important to carry ubiquitous products that will appeal to the widest possible customer base. And, as a distributor, it’s important to supply those kinds of products to retailers. In any case, if a customer walks into your shop (or a shop that you sell to), the odds are very high that they could use a LintEater in their home.

3. LintEater Works Especially Well in Apartment Complexes

Many apartment complexes provide washers and dryers to their tenants. It’s an amenity that’s much-sought-after, especially as laundromats fall out of style. The good news is that LintEater appeals to maintenance workers who clean apartment dryers, too — maybe even to a greater degree than a homeowner.

A maintenance employee whose job it is to clean dozens of dryers certainly doesn’t want to clean them manually. LintEater’s drill-driven operation helps to cut that worker’s task down from a day’s work to just a few hours.

4. LintEater is Cheaper than Hiring a Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning Service

Customers don’t want to pay a professional to do a service that they can do themselves. There are companies out there who professionally clean dryer vents, and they charge a premium for their services.

Let’s take a look at The Lint King as an example. They’re a residential dryer vent cleaning company out of Illinois, and they list the average prices for their services as follows:

  • $125 to $135 for a basement laundry room
  • $135 to $145 for a first-floor laundry room
  • $145 to $185 for a second-floor laundry room
  • $185 for roof dryer vents and attic access

Considering it’s good practice to clean your dryer vent at least twice per year, homeowners can easily spend $250 at a minimum for dryer vent cleaning services. A LintEater, on the other hand, costs a one-time payment of $60 at most (for the Pro model), and can be used in perpetuity.

5. The Packaging Helps Sell the Product

Let’s focus specifically on retail for a moment. We understand that retail employees don’t have time to learn the ins and outs of every product. There’s so much to learn about a store’s product offering, and even if a particular employee becomes very knowledgeable about your selection over time, there’s no guarantee that they’ll work in your store forever.

For these reasons and many more, we believe that packaging sells products best. We’ve done this perhaps most creatively through our Good Vibrations product packaging (our line of outdoor power equipment upgrades), but LintEater is no exception.

A four-panel image featuring different angles of the packaging of a LintEater Pro dryer vent cleaning kit

From a cross section of what LintEater looks like in action to some features of the product itself, we include as much information on the box as possible to help consumers understand what LintEater is and how it works. If you put LintEater on your store shelves, its packaging will be your best salesperson.

6. LintEater Doesn’t Take Up Much Shelf Space

We know that retail stores (and warehouses, too) fight to optimize every square inch of shelf space. Planogramming is an art and a science in and of itself, and we try to make it as easy as possible for our sales partners to display our products efficiently and effectively.

A single LintEater Pro dryer vent cleaning kit hanging on 4-feet by 6-feet retail shelving

LintEater’s packaging measures 36 inches tall, 4.5 inches wide, and 3.5 inches deep. Its 3-feet height requires a good bit of vertical space, but its small width and depth means you can pack plenty on your shelves with room to spare.

Should You Stock LintEater?

The challenge of growing your revenue never stops. When it comes to choosing which markets you should buy for, the products to serve those markets, and optimizing the space in your store or warehouse to accommodate those products, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

Thankfully, LintEater is designed to help take on all those challenges. It’s an easy-to-use product with space-optimized packaging that has a proven sales history and serves a large, ever-growing market need.

If you’re looking to grow revenue in the cleaning and maintenance category of your store or warehouse, LintEater is a good bet. With its cost-saving opportunities for your customers, educational and space-efficient packaging, and relatively low sticker price, we’re confident that it can perform well for you — just as it has for us.

Interested in stocking LintEater? Be sure to get in touch with our sales team. Whether you’re a sole proprietor, a retail chain, or a distributor, they’ll work with you from purchase order to delivery to ensure you have everything you need to be successful.

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A laydown shot of four HY-GUARD EXCLUSION products: the 9" x 9" roof vent guard, foundation vents with InsectArmor, 8" x 16" soffit vents, and Stainless Steel Pest Armor Ultiamte in High Profile Z-Mesh

4 New HY-GUARD EXCLUSION Products to Improve Your Wildlife Exclusion Offering

At HY-C, product development never stops. Whether it’s our line of outdoor power equipment upgrades, our wood burning furnaces, or our custom chimney cap offering, we’re always working to develop new ways to help you help your customers.

One of our most recent efforts into new product development includes additions to our HY-GUARD EXCLUSION line of animal exclusion screens and guards. After a few rounds of R&D, we’re excited to announce that we have four new products available:

  • InsectArmor
  • 9” x 9” Roof VentGuard
  • 8” x 16” Soffit VentGuard
  • Stainless Steel Pest Armor Ultimate

These products were developed with the help of feedback from wildlife control operators in the field who have been using and installing our existing HY-GUARD EXCLUSION products. We created them for those (and other) wildlife control operators, the retailers who supply wildlife control operators, and distributors who supply those retailers.

In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at each of the products, why they were developed, and which situations they serve. We’ll also cover key features of each product to help you decide — whether you’re an operator, a retailer, or distributor — if you can use some for your business.

InsectArmor

A close-up of a screen with diamond mesh inlaid with stainless steel bug mesh against a white background

What is it?

InsectArmor is a panel of steel mesh (measuring just 1.6 mm) inlaid in the hemmed edges of our foundation vent screens and soffit vent screens.

All of our foundation vent screens and soffit vent screens will be offered in two options: with InsectArmor, and without InsectArmor.

The side of a HY-GUARD EXCLUSION foundation vent screen with InsectArmor showing the foam included on the screen

The screens that come with InsectArmor also include a layer of foam around the edges with a strong, peel-and-stick adhesive. This foam serves two purposes:

  1. It sticks to the installation location, making it easier for operators to install with hardware
  2. It contours to uneven substrates (like brick, stucco, or rough-sawn lumber) to seal insects out along the edges of the screen

Why was it Developed?

When it comes to critters (like raccoons, squirrels, and birds), our foundation vent screens and soffit vent screens work very well. They’re made of steel, and animals can’t bypass them when they’re installed properly.

Where they fall short, though, is excluding insects. Wasps, bees, stink bugs, and more creepy-crawlies are small enough to fit through the ⅜” mesh. The much smaller InsectArmor screens allow for proper venting while keeping even small insects out.

How Should it be Used?

With this addition to our line, homeowners will now have two options when it comes to soffit and foundation vent screens:

  • Screens with InsectArmor
  • Screens without InsectArmor

While the standard screens will keep out wildlife, the screens with InsectArmor go the extra mile to exclude even bugs. As a retailer or wildlife control operator, you’ll be able to offer both versions to your clients to expand your exclusion capacity.

The InsectArmor entails a higher cost for homeowners who are willing to spend a bit more for additional pest protection.

9” x 9” Stainless Steel Roof VentGuard

A straight-on and top-down view of HY-GUARD EXCLUSION'S 9" x 9" Roof VentGuard on a concrete floor

What is it?

The 9” x 9” x 5 ½” Roof VentGuard is the newest addition to our existing line of roof vent guards. Existing roof vent guard dimensions (with ⅝” mesh) include:

  • 7” x 7” x 9”
  • 11” x 11” x 13”
  • 16” x 16” x 4 ½”
  • 16” x 16” x 7”
  • 25” x 25” x 6”
  • 25” x 25” x 12”
  • 30” x 30” x 12”

Made of stainless steel, the 9” x 9” Roof VentGuard utilizes the same ⅝” mesh and pre-drilled flanges. It simply comes in new length, width, and height dimensions.

Why was it Developed?

This new roof vent guard was developed with the help of wildlife control operators out in the field. They had been using our 11” x 11” x 13” roof vent guard to cover through-the-ceiling bathroom vents. Those guards got the job done, but they were far too tall for the bathroom vents, resulting in an awkward appearance.

We found that this situation was reported by several wildlife control operators. They informed us that a slightly smaller guard would alleviate the problem and provide much better aesthetics on their clients’ homes. So, that’s what we developed.

How Should it be Used?

Aside from the specific dimensions of this new guard, its primary purpose is to cover through-the-ceiling bathroom vents. It’s made of steel, and it’s meant to stand up to warm, moist air from bathroom vents without rusting or deteriorating.

8” x 16” Soffit Vent Screens

A white, gray, and black HY-GUARD EXCLUSION 8" x 16" foundation vent guard laying side by side on a concrete floor

What is it?

Our existing line of soffit vent screens…

  • Comes in white, gray, and black
  • Is made of galvanized steel
  • Comes with ⅜” metal mesh
  • Measures 4” x 16”

These new soffit vent screens are identical in material, colors, and mesh size, but they measure 8” x 16” instead of 4” x 16”.

Why was it Developed?

Frankly, these screens were developed due to a blindspot on our part. While contractors do construct some homes with 4” x 16” soffit vents, 8” x 16” is, by far, the most common soffit vent size.

Essentially, we weren’t meeting all of our customers’ needs with our existing line of 4” x 16” soffit vent screens. As soon as operators brought this to our attention, we got to work on developing the 8” x 16”.

How Should it be Used?

To start with, these new screens were made primarily for those who asked us for them. More broadly, they’re for any wildlife control operators who cover soffit vents and are looking to add additional vent sizes to their offering.

Stainless Steel Pest Armor Ultimate

A lay-down shot of HY-GUARD EXCLUSION'S Stainless Steel Pest Armor Ultimate on a concrete floor

What is it?

We offer four styles of Pest Armor in our existing lineup, all of which are made of galvanized steel:

  • L-Mesh Pest Armor
  • Low Profile Z-Mesh Pest Armor
  • High Profile Z-Mesh Pest Armor
  • Expanded High Profile Z-Mesh Pest Armor

This new Pest Armor is made from stainless steel (instead of galvanized steel) in the High Profile Z-Mesh style.

Why was it Developed?

Our existing Pest Armor styles work well everywhere — except within 25 miles of a saltwater coast. Saltwater and galvanized steel don’t mix well, and we found that, over time, Pest Armor installed in these locations is susceptible to rust and deterioration.

We want operators who buy from us to be able to serve customers in those areas, so we developed Pest Armor in stainless steel.

We’re starting with the High Profile Z-Mesh Pest Armor in stainless steel first, because of the four Pest Armor styles we make, that style is used the most. We’ll monitor demand for stainless steel Pest Armor in the other three styles, and if the demand is there, we’ll be happy to fill it.

How Should it be Used?

Pest Armor is most commonly used to cover gaps in houses where insects tend to get in, like:

  • Rainscreen siding gaps
  • Soffit gaps
  • Skylights
  • Roof offsets
  • Roof deck vents

If you’re an installer who wants to use Pest Armor on your clients’ houses to cover these vulnerable spots, and the homes are within 25 miles of a saltwater coast, Stainless Steel Pest Armor Ultimate is the way to go.

Should You Offer These Four Products?

There you have it: a look at four new HY-GUARD EXCLUSION products. Some are new takes on existing products, some offer new materials, and some come in new sizes.

But at this point, you may be wondering: How many (if any) of these should I offer to my customers?

That depends. If you’re a retailer or distributor, it may be wise to include all of these products in your offering, especially if you already carry wildlife exclusion products. These four products were manufactured as a direct result of wildlife control operator feedback, so there’s a definite need for them among your customers.

If you’re a wildlife control operator, deciding which of these new products to offer depends on the scope of your business and the kinds of critters you exclude. If, for instance, you already install foundation and soffit vent screens, you can offer the new styles with InsectArmor as a “higher tier” option that costs more but excludes more, too.

If you’ve run into sizing problems with roof vent guards, the new 9” x 9” x 5 ½” might be just what you’ve been looking for. If your business serves customers within 25 miles of saltwater, the Stainless Steel Pest Armor Ultimate was made just for you.

Whatever the case, if you’re interested in carrying or selling these or any other HY-GUARD EXCLUSION products, be sure to get in touch with a HY-C account manager. They’ll be able to help you determine which products you should offer so you can serve your customers best.

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How Multi-Fit Chimney Caps Can Serve 96% of Your Retail Customers

Chimney flues come in all shapes and sizes. Almost too many, actually — from a 5” x 9” flue to a 30” x 30” flue and everything in between, there are over two dozen sizes of flue pipes in chimneys across America (and that’s not even counting round flues).

If you’re a retailer, it can feel like an impossible task to carry the right chimney caps to serve your customers. You can only guess what cap size they’ll need, and chimney caps are far too bulky to stock all (or even some) of the available sizes on your already-limited retail shelf space.

At HY-C, we’ve been manufacturing chimney caps for over 75 years, and we’re very familiar with this problem. We’ve heard about it from dozens of our sales partners. That’s why we invented the Duro-Shield chimney cap family, a line of just 3 multi-fit chimney caps that cover over 96% of chimney flues.

How can that possibly work? How much shelf space do these caps take up? And why does HY-C still manufacture other caps if these three fit almost every flue? What’s the catch?

In this guide, we’ll answer those questions and more. By the time you’re finished here, you’ll understand the range of chimney flue sizes that exist and how the Duro-Shields were designed to fit them. You’ll also understand how much shelf space Duro-Shields take up (relative to standard chimney caps) and the potential cons of carrying them in your store.

A Quick Guide to Chimney Cap Sizes

A stainless steel HY-C chimney cap installed on a chimney flue against a white background

Chimney caps are designed to cover one of two chimney flue configurations:

  • Single-flue chimneys (with only one flue pipe protruding from the chimney
  • Multi-flue chimneys (with two or more flue pipes protruding from the chimney)

At HY-C, over 96% of the chimney caps we manufacture are single-flue caps. The other 3% are made for multi-flue chimneys. As a retailer, it’s virtually guaranteed that your customers will come into your store shopping for a single-flue chimney cap.

So, with that in mind, what single-flue cap sizes are there?

Well, we make our caps to fit specific flue pipe sizes. Flues are measured by their length and width, and chimney caps are measured similarly. Here’s a list of all the flue sizes we make caps for, and how many of each cap size we make (as a percentage of the total caps we manufacture):

Flue Tile SizesPercentage of TotalFlue Tile SizesPercentage
13″ x 13″31.84%13″ x 17″0.10%
9″ x 9″31.37%5″ x 9″0.10%
9″ x 13″27.21%17″ x 21″0.08%
13″ x 18″5.30%30″ x 30″0.07%
9″ x 18″1.01%17″ x 17″0.06%
18″ x 18″0.71%8″ x 17″0.04%
13″ x 20″0.42%21″ x 21″0.04%
12″ x 16″0.36%9″ x 21″0.04%
12″ x 12″0.30%10″ x 17″0.03%
15″ x 15″0.28%13″ x 21″0.02%
20″ x 20″0.18%8″ x 20″0.02%
11″ x 11″0.17%8″ x 13″> 0.01%
16″ x 16″0.13%24″ x 24″> 0.01%
13″ x 16″0.12%16″ x 20″> 0.01%

As you can tell, some cap sizes are more common than others. For instance, 13” x 13” and 9” x 9” chimney caps combine to account for over 63% of all the caps we manufacture. By contrast, we don’t make many 8” x 13”, 24” x 24”, or 16” x 20” caps.

What’s more interesting to retailers, though, is that of the 28 flue sizes listed in this table, our three Duro-Shield multi-fit caps cover 23 of them.

Duro-Shield Multi-Fit Chimney Caps

All the components of a HY-C Duro-Shield chimney cap, including the hood, the mesh, the attachment braces, and the hardware laid out on a white background

So, how are multi-fit chimney caps so versatile when it comes to size?

Unlike more traditional chimney caps that come with their base, hood, and mesh screens all welded together, Duro-Shield multi-fit caps are packaged knocked-down. They come with a hood, four pieces of metal mesh, four mounting brackets, and hardware, and they need to be assembled by the installer.

While it does require a little more work, the fact that multi-fit caps require assembly is exactly what makes them so versatile: you can assemble yours to fit almost any flue tile size you need.

Our Duro-Shield caps come in three sizes — small, medium, and large — each with a slightly bigger hood and longer mesh screens to fit bigger flues. Here’s that same chart from above, but this time, with the multi-fit chimney cap size applicable to each flue tile size:

Flue TileMulti-Fit Cap SizeFlue TileMulti-Fit Cap Size
13″ x 13″Medium13″ x 17″Medium
9″ x 9″Small5″ x 9″Small
9″ x 13″Small17″ x 21″n/a
13″ x 18″Medium30″ x 30″n/a
9″ x 18″Medium17″ x 17″Large
18″ x 18″Large8″ x 17″Small or Medium
13″ x 20″Large21″ x 21″n/a
12″ x 16″Medium9″ x 21″Medium
12″ x 12″Small or Medium10″ x 17″Medium
15″ x 15″Medium13″ x 21″Large
20″ x 20″n/a8″ x 20″Medium
11″ x 11″Small8″ x 13″Small
16″ x 16″Medium24″ x 24″n/a
13″ x 16″Medium16″ x 20″Large

There’s a multi-fit chimney cap available for 99.63% of the single-flue chimney caps we manufacture. Even with multi-flue caps thrown in, 96.7% of the chimney caps we make can be covered by one of the three multi-fit caps instead.

Shelf Space

Chimney caps take up a lot of space. There’s just no getting around it. They take up space in warehouses, on trucks, and on retail shelves. But they don’t all necessarily take up the same amount of space.

A Duro-Shield chimney cap in its box next to a 9" x 9" Draft King black galvanized chimney cap in its box, both sitting on a carpeted floor against a white wall with a red mop guard

On the left is a Duro-Shield multi-fit chimney cap in its packaging. On the right is a standard 9” x 9” chimney cap in its packaging.

The 9” x 9” cap’s box measures 9” x 15.25” x 15.25”. That’s about 2,100 cubic inches, or 1.20 cubic feet.

The Duro-Shield, while admittedly in a less eye-catching box, measures about 2.25” x 20” x 21”. That’s around 945 cubic inches, or just 0.55 cubic feet.

To put that in perspective, a 4-foot retail shelf can fit about 21 Duro-Shield caps stacked vertically, side to side. The same shelf can accommodate around ten 9” x 9” caps (two stacked rows, each containing 5 caps) — less than half the amount of caps as the Duro-Shield.

What’s the Catch?

At this point, you may be thinking, “So you’re telling me there are three economical, space-saving chimney cap SKUs I can stock that will serve virtually every customer who walks in my store. That sounds too good to be true. What aren’t you telling me?”

And that’s a fair point. After all, multi-fit chimney caps aren’t without their caveats.

First of all, all of these Duro-Shield multi-fit caps are made of aluminum, arguably the weakest chimney cap material. One of the primary duties of a chimney cap is to keep out animals, and most common critters can chew right through the mesh of an aluminum cap. The cap will act as a deterrent, but nuisance wildlife may figure out how to bypass it after a while.

Aluminum caps like these without a tight, tailor-made fit may be more susceptible to falling off due to wind and weather. Don’t get us wrong, they do fit securely. But in a head-to-head battle with a more traditional cap, the multi-fit cap would likely be the first to become dislodged over the course of regular, seasonal use.

A Duro-Shield multi-fit chimney cap installed on a round chimney flue against a white background

It’s also important to note that these caps are only available in one color: untreated aluminum (which appears silver). Traditional caps offer a few more options to fit the aesthetics of your customers’ homes, like black galvanized steel or even copper.

Finally, Duro-Shield multi-fit caps need to be assembled after they’re purchased (while other caps come pre-built). Again, this is what allows them to fit multiple flue tile sizes in the first place, but the assembly may prove difficult for some customers.

Ultimately, these caveats are just that — caveats. Things to be aware of. You know your customers best, and you know what kind of products they prefer. And if they prefer a simple, no-frills, one-size-fits-most solution that’s easy to use, they can’t go wrong with a multi-fit cap.

Should You Stock Multi-Fit Chimney Caps?

Though it may not seem like it at first, the subject of chimney caps is a lofty one. And as a retail buyer, you’re asked to know as much about them as possible so that you can make the right decisions as to what to stock in your store.

So, are multi-fit chimney caps right for you and your business?

If you run a big box retail store and you have the shelf space to dedicate to more robust, traditional chimney caps, that may be the better way to go. They tend to last longer, and customers will appreciate the versatility of your offering.

But if you’re tight on space and you’re looking for a cost-effective solution that works for just about anyone who walks in your store, that’s exactly what multi-fit chimney caps are made for. When every inch of space counts, these caps maximize your dollars per square inch.

To find out how to get multi-fit caps on your store shelves, get in touch with one of our account managers. They’ll work with you from your initial consultation all the way through to placing a purchasing order (and beyond!) to make sure you get exactly what you need on your shelves for your customers.

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12 Ways HY-C Can Help You Grow Your Business

It’s important to choose who you do business with carefully. We know that — we’re a business ourselves. You have to be judicious when vetting new partners to ensure both parties get the best out of the relationship.

When we work with other companies, whether they’re sales partners, raw materials providers, or even the caterer for our annual Christmas party, we always ask ourselves, “Which options do we have, and which one should we choose?”

We’d expect nothing less from anybody who’s considering working with us. Whether HY-C is completely new to you or you already know a bit about us, you wouldn’t be doing your job if you weren’t asking, “Why should I partner with HY-C? What’s in it for me?

In this guide, we’re going to attempt to answer that question. And while there’s the obvious potential for an undercurrent of bias in our answer, we’re going to be as objective as possible.

Because we understand that doing business with every single company who contacts us is not (and should not be) our goal; instead, we’re interested in finding who’s a good fit to partner with us.

So, presented here are 12 benefits of being a HY-C sales partner. By the time you’re finished, you’ll understand specifically what HY-C has to offer your business, and, given what you learn, you’ll be ready to get in touch with one of our account managers.

1. We’ve Been in Business for over 75 Years

A black-and-white photo of the HY-C team standing outside their manufacturing facility (circa 1975)

One of the biggest and most understandable concerns about working with a new partner is ensuring they aren’t some fly-by-night group set up in the past six months. And that’s certainly not who we are.

HY-C is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that’s been around since 1947. We’re financially sound, we have a robust network of upstream and downstream business partners, and we employ top talent in our area to help facilitate our operations. Speaking of which…

2. We Have over 100 Employees

Why would a potential sales partner care about how many individuals their prospect employs? Well, that specific number — over 100 — speaks to the scale and speed at which we operate. We consider our business to be in a sort of “Goldilocks zone” — not too big, not too small, but just right.

Working with a very small business may result in your needs not being met in a timely manner or an inability to keep up with your targets and goals.

At the same time, working with a very large business can entail bureaucratic headaches. There may be multiple layers of consideration or approval to work through in order to complete a project or get an order through.

At HY-C, we have the logistical capacity to keep pace with the demands of big-box chains and large, robust distribution partners. But we also have the flexibility to pivot, make changes, accommodate special orders, and develop new products quickly with our partners out in the field — all because we’re just the right size.

3. Our Customer Base is Diverse

We work with companies of all sizes at HY-C. From large, multinational retailers who order thousands of SKUs per month to sole proprietors who carry just a few of our products, our list of sales partners numbers in the hundreds, and no two are quite alike.

All of this is to say that we have the experience to handle your business, too — no matter your size or needs. And we don’t play favorites based on numbers. Whether you order $100 worth of product or $100,000, we’re committed to delivering the same partnership experience for everyone.

4. We Have over 250,000 Square Feet of Manufacturing and Fulfillment Space

Between our office space, our factory, and our two warehouses, our facilities are well-oiled machines that work in conjunction with each other to turn raw materials into merchandise on your store shelves.

Plus, our factory and our offices exist in the same building. This reality facilitates rapid new product development efforts and allows our team to fulfill specialized, custom orders in a timely manner.

5. We Take an Inventory-Heavy Approach to Manufacturing

Our factory is never left waiting on raw materials to manufacture our products. We keep six to nine months of raw materials on hand, allowing us to stay on top of orders and prepare for any uncertainties that may surface.

In other words, you’ll never be left waiting for products. Whatever you need and whenever you need it, we have the means of making it and getting it to you.

6. 85% of Our SKUs are Made in the USA

It’s no secret that Americans prefer products made in America. It’s something that consumers are passionate about. At the same time, we understand that competition and cost factors put pressure on distributors and retailers to carry lower-priced products manufactured overseas.

At HY-C, 85% of our SKUs are manufactured in St. Louis, Missouri. We’ve run cost analyses on some of our products and found that they would actually be more expensive to make overseas (due to shipping costs based on the volume and packaging of our goods).

With the vast majority of our products, you’ll have the opportunity to adorn your shelves with packages marked “MADE IN USA” without having to pay more to do so.

7. We’re Centrally Located in St. Louis, Missouri

Nobody likes waiting for an order. We get it — we’re consumers ourselves. Waiting for a knickknack you ordered online is hard enough, let alone a purchasing order worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Luckily for our sales partners, HY-C is located right in the middle of the country, helping to cut down on shipping times wherever you’re located. Our goal is to ship orders within one to three days, so you can continue to operate your business at your preferred pace.

8. We Maintain a Steady Stream of New Products and Acquisitions

A flowchart detailing the acquisitions and new brands from the HY-C company since 1947

Our partners enjoy a continuous opportunity to diversify their product selection.

While we started as a chimney cap manufacturer in 1947 (and continue in that capacity to this day), in the past 25 years, we’ve added many more products to our portfolio and will continue to do so, both through internal development and acquisitions.

We’re also willing to work directly with our partners to develop and manufacture tailor-made solutions to address their specific problems.

9. We Have No Minimum Order Requirements

This point is most salient to small- and medium-sized businesses. We understand that not every company has the capital to be able to commit to a large order. So we don’t require it. Whether you need two products or 20,000, we’ll work with you to get you what you need.

If you operate a larger business, this affords you the opportunity to take a chance on newer products with a lack of proven sales history behind them. Instead of ordering 2,000 of something, try ordering 20 and putting them in one of your locations to see how they perform.

10. We Offer Drop Shipping

Are you a small company without the logistics to fulfill orders on your end? That doesn’t mean HY-C products are off the table for you. We currently work with quite a few drop ship partners, so we understand the intricacies of the process and we can get you up and running.

This is particularly helpful if you run an ecommerce business. Our suite of digital assets and tools is designed for ease of access and use to get our products selling on your website.

11. We Offer Private Label

Interested in bolstering your product selection but don’t have the time or budget to navigate the development phase? We’ve worked with existing partners to support private label product lines and maintain that know-how to help you, too.

You can lean on our manufacturing expertise to establish your own product line and drive sales in your store, all without the need to take the process overseas.

12. We Offer Live, U.S.-based Customer Service

When you have questions about purchasing orders or when your customers have questions about our products, we’re here to help. Our customer service personnel work out of our St. Louis office from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. central.

They’re intimately familiar with all of our products and are well-equipped to help end users and sales partners alike find exactly what they’re looking for.

Think You’re a Good Fit for HY-C?

By now, you should have a good understanding as to what HY-C has to offer you and your business. We covered a lot, but in summary, we want to make it as easy as possible for our partners to sell our products, no matter their size or how many of our products they carry.

And now that you know a bit about us, it’s time for us to learn a bit about you.

If you’re interested in carrying HY-C products and you think we’d be a good partner for you based on what you read here, get in touch with our sales team.

They’ll work with you to determine the perfect products for your store, the amount of inventory that’s right for you to carry, how much you can expect to spend on a purchasing order, and more logistics.

Just click “Get Started” below and fill out the form on the next page to get started.

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Four Reasons You Should Carry Stove Boards in Your Store

There are dozens and dozens of wood, gas, and pellet stove models out there, but they all have one thing in common: they require non-combustible ember and thermal protection for their surrounding walls and floors. This protection is vital as it helps prevent accidental house fires.

One of the best ways to provide this protection is by way of a stove board — a mineral fiber board wrapped in steel that insulates combustible surfaces from embers and flames.

As a manufacturer who produces thousands of stove boards every year, we hear a lot of questions about them from retailers and distribution partners:

  • Should I carry stove boards in my store?
  • How will they help my sales numbers?
  • If I decide to carry them, how should I display them?

We want to help answer those questions — and more — for you. In this guide, we’re going to cover four reasons why you should add stove boards to your product offering.

By the time you’re finished here, you’ll understand what stove boards are, how they work, which sizes and colors are available, and even tried-and-tested stove board retail display methods.

1. They’re Easy Add-on Sales

If you carry gas, pellet, or wood stoves in your store, selling stove boards is a no-brainer. It’s sort of like selling ammo at a gun store: one will greatly help to sell the other.

Most heating appliances come with suggested clearance-to-combustibles measurements, or the distances the appliances should be kept from flammable materials. Stoves tend to be installed too close to combustibles (like carpet, drywall, or wood floors) simply because there’s no viable place to put them otherwise.

Stove boards help these stoves meet their manufacturers’ clearance-to-combustibles requirements. They allow stoves to be installed anywhere while still meeting required ember and insulation protection guidelines.

They also offer a sense of safety and security for the appliance owner. Sure, a stove board adds a bit of money to the bill of a wood stove purchase. But it also greatly mitigates the risk of a house fire.

Simply put, anyone buying a wood stove should also be walking out of the store with a stove board.

2. They’re UL-Approved

There are two types of stove boards out there:

  • Type 1
  • Type 2

Type 1 stove boards are rated for ember and scratch protection, but they are not UL-approved by the Underwriters Laboratories, a global safety science company that tests a wide array of products for a range of safety ratings. These stove boards are not rated for thermal protection.

Type 2 stove boards, on the other hand, are UL-approved. They can be used as hearth extenders, wall shields, and under additional heating appliances (like kerosene, gas, and electric heaters).

At HY-C, we offer both type 1 and type 2 stove boards, allowing us to provide a spectrum of protection for all kinds of heating products.

3. There are Plenty of Size and Color Options

A gray slate stove board, a wood grain stove board, and a black stove board stacked on each other and staggered against a white background

Every heating appliance installation is different. Different stoves have different clearance-to-combustibles measurements, and these measurements may also change due to local codes.

That’s why we offer stove boards in a variety of sizes: to accommodate a broad range of clearance-to-combustibles requirements. We even manufacture our boards in three different colors (black, slate, and wood grain) to match the aesthetics of your customers’ homes.

The following chart contains our standard stove board sizes (in inches) for each color, as well as the retail weight of each board:

BlackSlateBrownWeight (lbs)
48″ x 18″48″ x 18″9
32″ x 28″32″ x 28″32″ x 28″11
42″ x 32″42″ x 32″42″ x 32″16
36″ x 36″36″ x 36″36″ x 36″15
48″ x 36″48″ x 36″48″ x 36″19
52″ x 36″52″ x 36″52″ x 36″21
48″ x 40″25
48″ x 48″31

4. They Don’t Take up Much Space (if They’re Displayed Well)

At HY-C, we work with our retail partners as often as possible not only to suggest best practices for displaying the products we manufacture, but also to design the products themselves to be easy to display.

Of course, the final decision is always up to you, the retailer. But regarding stove boards, we’ve found that a floor rack is the best possible display method for a few reasons:

  1. It offers the most economical use of space while still clearly displaying the product
  2. It frees up shelf space that can be used for other products
  3. It allows retailers to place the boards near their selection of wood stoves
  4. It’s offers the easiest way for a customer to pick up their board to bring to the register
A rack of stove boards on a retail floor shown from two different angles (the front and the side)

The racks themselves are relatively straightforward, inexpensive, and easy to manufacture. They can also accommodate multiple board sizes in one location much more efficiently.

We’ve found that stove boards don’t work nearly as well on shelves simply because of the demanding amount of width they require:

Stove boards being displayed in their boxes on a retail shelf

We know retailers are constantly fighting for every square inch of floor space to streamline and enhance their product selection. We know stove boards are big, so we like to work with our partners to make displaying them in their stores as easy as possible.

Adding Stove Boards to Your Product Selection

Stove boards may not be the most flashy, exciting product, but what they lack in panache, they make up for in utility and safety. Type 2 boards are UL-approved, available in plenty of sizes and colors to meet your customers’ needs, and are all but required with every wood stove purchase.

Customers nowadays are smart and safety-conscious. If they’re committed to purchasing a wood stove (and all the know-how and hard work that comes with owning one), they’ll be willing to spend a few extra bucks to make sure that stove operates as safely as possible.

If you’re interested in adding stove boards to your product repertoire, be sure to get in touch with our sales team. They’ll be happy to work with you to help find the right selection of boards that will best fill the needs of the customers in your area.

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Good Vibrations: How Packaging is Your Best Salesperson

If you’re a retail buyer, the best products you can stock are those whose packaging is designed to sell itself. If you’re an outdoor power equipment (OPE) parts buyer, that can be tough; OPE parts don’t always come with the most compelling packaging.

Good Vibrations — a line of outdoor power equipment upgrade parts for lawn mowers and trimmers by HY-C — is a different story.

We’ve designed these products to have persuasive packaging that customers can interact with to see how they work. When customers take the products off the shelves and test them for themselves, they’re more inclined to understand how they work and envision a use for them, leading to a sale.

In this guide, we’re going to take you through the packaging of each Good Vibrations product. We’ll show you how customers can interact with (or at the very least, see) key features of each piece of equipment and how those interactions can help to increase the likelihood of a sale.

Easy-Rider Tight-Turn Steering Knob

A person holding and rotating a Good Vibrations Easy-Rider Tight-Turn Steering Knob while facing the camera

The Easy Rider is a robust, one-size-fits-all steering wheel knob. It’s designed to help you steer your tractor (or boat or UTV) with one hand simply by grabbing the knob and spinning the wheel.

The Easy Rider’s packaging lets customers actually turn the knob and test the product out for themselves. They can feel the smooth, easy tolerance of the knob and the rubber grip that ensures their hand won’t slip while they use it.

Grass Hawk Dual-Bladed Mower Scraper

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Cleaning the deck of a lawn mower (whether it’s a simple push mower or a zero turn mower) is tough work, especially with the wrong tools. The Grass Hawk is a specialized tool designed to make the job of scraping off grass much simpler.

It features both a flat and a curved scraper head for extra versatility. You can swap between each blade by rotating the head and locking it into place with the notch on the front of the tool. The packaging allows customers to test out this rotating motion for themselves to discover just how easy it is to switch blades.

Rough Rider Off-Road Drinking Mug

A person opening and closing the spring-loaded locking lid of a Good Vibrations Rough Rider Off-Road Drinking Mug while facing the camera

The Rough Rider is a rugged, 24 oz. drinking mug with a locking lid that only opens when you push down on its button. It also features a rubber base that contours to most cup holders.

In its packaging, the Rough Rider allows customers to feel the spring-loaded opening mechanism and to see just how tightly it seals in drinks. They can also test out the rubber base to feel how grippy and pliable it is.

The King Pin Quick-Connect Hitch Pin

A person opening and closing the butterfly-style locking mechanism of a Good Vibrations Kingpin Quick-Connect Hitch Pin while facing the camera

The King Pin comes with a butterfly-style locking mechanism at its tip that opens and closes when squeezing a trigger embedded in the handle. This allows you to attach and detach to a hitch simply, using just one hand.

Not only can customers test the spring-loaded, butterfly-style locking mechanism, but the packaging itself features a hitch graphic. It’s designed to show what the King Pin looks like in action, painting an easy visual that consumers can understand.

Auto-Lock Magnetic Hitch Pin

A person holding a Good Vibrations Auto-Lock Magnetic Hitch Pin while facing the camera

The Auto-Lock Magnetic Hitch Pin is the second hitch pin in the Good Vibrations lineup. It locks into place with magnetic force, doing away with the butterfly-style connection of the Kingpin.

If a customer happens to have something metal (like a keychain) on them, they can touch it to the neodymium magnet to feel its 25 pounds of locking force at work. The most compelling part of the packaging, though, is the ability to feel the ergonomic grip of the hitch pin by simply grabbing and holding the handle.

Wheelies Tractor Wheel Covers

A person holding Good Vibrations Wheelies Tractor Wheel Covers while facing the camera

Our Wheelies Tractor Wheel Covers are designed to snap into place over existing tractor rims. They help prevent rust and discoloration while also adding some customizability to a tractor’s wheels.

They’re available in black and chrome, and they come in five different accent colors: orange, burnt orange, yellow, red, and black. The packaging exposes the wheel covers, allowing customers to see the vivid colors for themselves instead of just displaying the colors on a box graphic.

Start Me Up Full Grip Starter Handle

A person holding a Good Vibrations Start Me Up Full Grip Starter Handle while facing the camera

The Start Me Up handle is an upgrade part meant to replace the T-style handle that comes on most lawn mowers, chainsaws, snow blowers, and other pull cord-powered motors.

The packaging lets customers feel the handle for themselves; it features a curved, rubber grip for maximum comfort and ease of use. As the box graphics show, it also comes with a replacement rope. Customers who hold the Start Me Up for themselves will understand immediately that it’s a substantial upgrade from their stock starter handle.

Get-A-Grip Full Grip Deluxe Handle and Rope

A Good Vibrations Get-A-Grip Full Grip Deluxe Handle and Rope in packaging leaning against a wall

The Get-A-Grip starter handle doesn’t necessarily allow shoppers to touch and feel it in its packaging, but it’s still clear from its transparent plastic what the upgrade part has to offer.

Instead of using two fingers to grip an awkward T-handle while starting their mower, customers will be drawn to the full-grip handle that the Get-A-Grip offers. It also comes with a replacement rope which is clearly visible in the packaging.

Zero Gravity Trimmer Shoulder Strap

A Good Vibrations Zero Gravity Trimmer Shoulder Strap in its packaging leaning against a wall

The Zero Gravity Trimmer Shoulder Strap is a universal strap that attaches to trimmers, leaf blowers, and other outdoor power tools. It’s designed to alleviate the back pain that comes with weed eating and leaf blowing.

In this case, the graphics and the words on the box sell the product. With eye-catching font colors used for “WEIGHT ABSORBING”, and with “Trimmers Feels 75% Lighter!” highlighted in yellow, customers will get the gist of this product right away.

Hitchin’ Post+ 3-Way Hitch Plate

A Good Vibrations Hitchin' Post+ 3-Way Hitch Plate in its packaging leaning against a wall

The Hitchin’ Post+ is a three-way hitch plate for tractors and ATVs. It allows users to tow using three different methods: a tow ball, a hitch pin, or chains.

What’s not apparent in the picture is the weight of the product. In a customer’s hands, it feels substantial and well-made. It’s also apparent from the packaging that the Hitchin’ Post+ comes with a ball — a much-needed towing component that doesn’t need to be bought separately.

Z Hitch Zero-Turn 3-Way Hitch Plate

A Good Vibrations Z Hitch Zero-Turn 3-Way Hitch Plate in its packaging leaning against a wall

Some zero turn lawn mowers come with a hitch plate attached, but many don’t. The Z Hitch attaches to any hitchless zero turn mower with ease, allowing users to tow whatever they need.

Like the Hitchin’ Post+, the Z Hitch feels substantial in a customer’s hands. It’s heavy-duty, capable of towing tough loads without missing a beat. There’s also a graphic on the front which shows the hitch in action, painting a comprehensible picture in a customer’s mind.

Seat Magic Tractor Seat Repair

A tube of Good Vibrations Seat Magic Tractor Seat Repair in its packaging leaning against a wall

Tractor owners know that tractor seats wear out over time. It’s just inevitable. These seats develop rips and holes regularly, and replacing the entire seat is expensive.

Seat Magic offers a much cheaper alternative. It’s a sealant that you apply to a rip or hole in a tractor seat. When it dries, the seat is as good as new. The before-and-after picture on the packaging is simple but effective, demonstrating how the product works and how easy it is to use.

Should You Stock Good Vibrations in Your Store?

Good Vibration’s packaging is no accident. Everything about it — from the colors and materials to the words and the graphics — is designed to tell a story about how each product can make an aspect of lawn care easier, safer, or more efficient for a customer.

Put simply, Good Vibrations product packaging is like having an extra salesperson out on your floor. The interactivity, the imagery, the pithiness — it’s all designed to tap into a customer’s needs and make them realize they need a solution they may not have even been looking for.

So, should you stock Good Vibrations in your retail store?

Well, if your store has an outdoor power equipment parts section and you want to drive truly incremental sales, we believe Good Vibrations is an excellent opportunity.

We’ve seen it work in big box retail stores who sell hundreds of units per month. Just let the packaging tell the story for you. Let it sell itself — that’s how it’s designed to work.

If you’re interested in giving it a try, get in touch with our sales team. They’ll be more than happy to work with you to get Good Vibrations on your store’s shelves.

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