HMI Fireplace Shop announces the retirement of founders Norm and Catherine Buechting. HMI is one of the oldest businesses in the lake area, having been in continence operation since 1975.
Founded by Norm and Catherine Buechting, it eventually grew to four locations in southwest Missouri. Other locations now are in Nixa and Rolla, Mo. in addition to selling fireplaces, stoves and their associated products, HMI and
Norm played a crucial roll in the expansion of wood pellet stoves, wood pellets, and cultured stone veneer in the southern Missouri area.
Norm and Catherine's daughter Chryl and her husband Charles are the new corporate officers and will continue the operations at all the locations.