Michael Rupp began in the hearth industry in 1975 as a chimney sweep and opened a retail store, Countryside Stove & Chimney, Inc. in 1979. After several years of successful retailing, he and his wife, Lois, had the opportunity to become the New York Distributor for Travis Industries, a stove manufacturer based out of Washington. As a result, Empire Distributing was formed in 1988. They welcomed the challenge and began with a dealer network of five stores. Today they have a solid dealer network of over a hundred dealers that they supply weekly with stoves, fireplaces, venting and accessories.
In January 2001 they sold their retail business and have spent the years since then focusing on distribution. Both of their sons, Jason and Jeremy, are now part owners of the business also bringing their 20+ years of experience in the hearth industry. In 2007 Empire Distributing moved into their new 80,000 square foot warehouse located in Arcade, NY.
Empire is always looking for ways to expand their product offering and help their dealers grow their business. Recently, they have greatly expanded their Outdoor Living Product Line offering by introducing their very own brand called, Emilyrose Outdoor Living Collection. This collection along with other leading Outdoor Patio and Grill manufacturers allow our dealers to offer more variety throughout the year.