Wednesday, November 19, 2008

First snow is upon us and we're still making pies

November may be the time of year when most of us cover up the grill and start settling in for winter, but don't put away those Pie Irons quite yet. Over the past few years, we've been hearing from more and more customers who use our products year round. Be it a nippy winter gathering around the firepit or even in the fireplace, this is the time when Rome dealers should think outside the campground.

We should also not forget the potential for holiday gift giving. Rome's nostalgic & well crafted products are perfect for those looking for a unique gift that is not seen in every big box retailer.

Rome atmosphere shot courtesy Woolrich's Holiday catalog.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Marshmallow roasting in the news

Garden Design magazine has a nice feature on Rome's Marshmallow Tree in the December issue titled, "Garden Gourmet." The quote, "When was the last time you had this much fun for $9.99" highlights the smiles to dollar ratio of Rome's roasting forks.

On the subject of the Marshmallow Tree, the LA Times Food section recently had this to say about it.

The Marshmallow Tree from Rome Industries looks like a work of wall art, a slender tree limb with 10 twigs on which you spear marshmallows. This tool requires adult supervision, because in the wrong little hands, this could become a weapon of mass destruction. That said, it's a delightfully goofy and effective way to perfectly roast a bunch of marshmallows at once.

Garden Design Magazine
Los Angeles Times

Monday, November 3, 2008

Rome Camping Early Order Program

The cut off for the Rome cookware '09 early order program is rapidly approaching. This is your opportunity to receive an easy 5% discount off of your spring orders. Just get them into us by November 15th.

You may send them directly to us or via your local sales rep.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Rome Expands European Distribution

I'm pleased to announce that we've recently signed exclusive distribution arrangements for our outdoor cooking line of products in Europe.

In the UK & Ireland our products are available wholesale from Grakka, Ltd. of Totnes, England.

The Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg are now being handled by Qvist Outdoor Cooking.

Read the press release here.

Both companies are fully instock for 4th quarter sales and bookings for '09.

If you're a retailer in Scandinavia, all of our cookware products are available from the wonderful folks at Danish Outdoor.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Closeout Specials

We currently have some great deals going on select garden decor items that we're either discontinuing or have too much inventory on.

Drop me an email (michael at or get in touch with your local rep for details. I have a pdf file I can send out with the current deals and can keep you on an email list for future notifications as they become available.

Thanks - Michael

Feb 6th is Market Wednesday in the Atlanta Gardens

If the AmericasMart in Atlanta is easy accessible to you outside of the Jan & July shows, you should do yourself a favor and make it to Market Wednesdays. Advertised as the "market between markets", numerous vendors including your's truly will have day only specials.

The next Market Wednesday event is coming up on the 6th. We'll be offering a 5% discount on all Rome orders written in the showroom. We're located on the 15th floor of building A in the Gardens. #117 (right by the escalators and walk way to building B.)

future Market Wednesdays include:
April 2
June 4
Aug 6
Oct 1
Dec 1

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Rome Enhances Canadian Distribution

DMA Becomes Exclusive Canadian Distributor For Rome Industries

Peoria, IL – DMA Distributing of Mt Forest, Ontario has recently signed an agreement to be the exclusive Canadian distributor for Rome Industries, Inc’s line of family camping cookware. This arrangement will give Rome’s growing Canadian dealer base more immediate access to the complete Rome line from a convenient central Ontario location.

“I’m extremely proud to have DMA on board as the face of Rome in Canada”, explained Michael O’Russa, Sales & Marketing Manager of Rome Industries. “DMA owners, Jim & Katherine Dippel present the same hands-on, family business approach and a love for the outdoors that we do here at Rome and so I’m 100% comfortable with the level of service that they’ll provide to our dealers. Having been a regional distributor of our products since 1993, they have a deep knowledge of our products and are best suited to present Rome on a national level.”

In addition to Rome, DMA Distributing distributes unique camping products from a variety of vendors to the Canadian market. Their distribution network includes specialty outdoor stores, RV dealers, campgrounds and hardware stores.

A family run business since 1964, Peoria IL based Rome Industries is best known for their wide selection of fun & original cookware for campfires & firepits including Pie Irons
tm, the Marshmallow Treetm and the S’more Makertm

For More information contact:
Rome Industries, Inc. 800-818-7603,
DMA Distibuting 519-323-3033,