Twin City Fireplace Company History
“I want to personally thank all of our customers, past, present and future for the pleasure of getting the chance to work with you. Your business, friendship and the memories you help us create while working with you means everything to the members and families of Twin City Fireplace & Stone Company.”
Sincerely, Chris Becker – Owner
Twin City Fireplace & Stone Company was founded by Chris Becker. The goal was to provide the highest quality products and most efficient installations in the Twin Cities market. Chris has nearly two decades of experience in the fireplace and construction industry as an installer, mason and builder. With a family lineage rooted in the building industry, Chris was always interested in building things; especially fireplaces.
While in college at the University of Minnesota, that passion was further realized while working with his father’s fireplace company where he found more satisfaction in building and installing fireplaces and adding joy to people’s homes. In order to diversify his knowledge and experience he then went on to work with the nation’s largest fireplace manufacturer and installing retailer. This was an opportunity to see big business operations in an otherwise small business environment as well as travel to national locations and train new installers. It provided an insightful experience that taught him the big business do’s and don’ts to what is a small industry that demands personalized attention & extensive skill sets.
After that he went to work in Seattle, Washington working for the Pacific Northwest’s premier installing distributor of fireplaces in the Seattle market. While in Seattle, Chris and his wife had the joy of learning they were expecting their first of three children. Being otherwise life-long Minnesotan’s they decided to move back to the Twin Cities and Twin City Fireplace Company was created. Chris bought a used Ford Cube Van and some more tools and got started building, installing and selling fireplaces to home owners in the Twin Cities.
About 18 months later, the great recession hit the national economy. Chris remained focused on his goals at hand and continued working through the challenges and growing the business. He decided that a showroom would be necessary to further the business and display the products and craftsmanship he had become known for. While searching for the proper building the business began to grow nicely and a few employees were added to facilitate the demand for high quality, fair priced services and products. On a shoestring budget, the Edina Showroom was leased and construction began.
The business continued to grow successfully throughout the next year and the company had the pleasure of seeing the fruits of their labor and modest showroom paying off.
A few years later, with the addition of Mike, Chris’ father to the company, and slightly sooner than planned, the Woodbury showroom was leased. Under Mike’s leadership and more than three decades of experience, Chris had the confidence that this was the right time to expand.
In the years since, the company has more than tripled in size. Much of that success has come at the blessing of having the area’s finest fireplace and masonry professionals joining the company. It is the experience and passion within the team of exceptional employees that allows us to continue carrying out the goal to provide the highest quality products and services to Twin Cities consumers.
Today, Chris and his family reside in Inver Grove Heights, conveniently between both locations Twin City Fireplace & Stone Company currently has. Chris continues to meet with potential customer’s day, night, evening & weekends. Whenever he is not working, Chris enjoys being with his wife and 3 children, grilling & entertaining friends and family, playing golf as much as possible, mountain biking, playing hockey and snowboarding and on occasion the family loves to vacation in Northern Minnesota as well as spending time on his family’s sailboat on Lake Superior.
Chris is dedicated to remaining a student of the trades, and learning from continuing education construction and code classes. He is an active participant in code council discussions, educations sessions, government affairs and local building industry events. He will never stop learning how to provide a higher quality, more complete solution to Twin City Fireplace & Stone Company customers.