CAFD News, Information & Special Events

Southington Patch
CAFD is Top HOBI Awards Sponsor for 6th year

On Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, a record 779 housing industry professionals gathered at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington for the 22nd annual HBRA of CT HOBI Awards - the largest most consistently successful Builder Awards Program in the country.


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Save Energy and Stay Warm, Too!

One of the best ways to save energy and still keep your home warm is with a fireplace insert. There are many benefits, and a few downsides to this method of heating.


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CAFD Hosts GE Innovation Showcase

September 15, 2015 - On Tuesday September 15th, GE builder distributor, CAFD, partnered with GE to host custom and semi-custom builders from around the state at CAFD’s 10,000 sf Southington showroom


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CAFD Hosts Exclusive Designer Event

September 01, 2015 - On Tuesday, September 1st, CAFD partnered with Clarke Distributors to host kitchen designers, realtors and a scattering of builder/remodelers at the unveiling of CAFD’s new Wolf Sub Zero display at their 10,000 sf showroom in Southington.


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CAFD Attends HHT Summit as Exclusive Heatilator

July 01, 2015 - In June, CAFD General Manager, Andrea Salzillo and Operations Manager, Sisto Salzillo, attended the Hearth and Home Technologies Summer Summit in Memphis, Tennessee. The theme of this year’s summit was Educate, Collaborate, Celebrate.


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CAFD Sponsors HBRA of Central CT Spring SAM-TRAM

June 25, 2015 - On May 1st, The HBRA of Central Connecticut held a spring Sales & Marketing tour of five Farmington Valley new home communities, and CAFD was proud to be one of the event sponsors, as well as a supplier for several of the developments featured on the tour.


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GE WiFi Connected Appliances add Smarts

June 11, 2015 -After over a year of anticipation, GE has begun delivering its WiFi lineup, launched under the umbrella of GE Profile, and GE builder distributor CAFD will unveil several of these connected appliances in their Southington Showroom this September.


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Douglas DuPont Appoints Andrea & Sisto Salzillo to Leadership Positions at CAFD

April 11, 2014 - Southington, CT - Douglas DuPont, owner of Connecticut’s leading appliance and fireplace distributor, CT Appliance and Fireplace Distributors (CAFD), has announced the appointment of Andrea Salzillo as new General Manager and Sisto Salzillo as new Operations Manager at CAFD.


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CAFD Receives Certificate of Appreciation from the Marine Corp. League

April 04, 2014 - Southington, CT - On April 1st, at a meeting of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County, CT Appliance & Fireplace Distributors (CAFD) was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Marine Corps League. Last year, the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County was involved with a project to repair Hurricane Sandy damage at the Marine Corp. League building in Ridgefield, and CAFD donated GE appliances to the project.


Andrea & Sisto Salzillo
Southington Business Named Philanthropist of the Year - Building Hope Foundation Recognizes CAFD

December 04, 2013 - Southington, CT - The Building Hope Foundation Silent Auction was held at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, and Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distributors (CAFD) was honored as Philanthropist of the Year.

The award recognizes outstanding civic responsibility as demonstrated by contributions of financial resources and voluntary commitment of time.


CAFD Helps Southington Home Project Make a Difference

August 21, 2013 - Southington, CT – Builder Mark Lovley and Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distributors (CAFD) owner, Doug DuPont, believe in giving back to their industry. This summer, FOX CT partnered with Lovely Development and the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Hartford County - in building a home from the ground up.



Connecticut Leader in Appliance and Fireplace Products
Got There by Investing in Consumer and Employee Education

August 15, 2013 - Southington, CT"We know everything about every product and piece of equipment we sell," Connecticut Appliance and Fireplace Distributors (CAFD) owner, Doug DuPont, says emphatically. The Southington based retail and trade supplier was established 46 years ago, and DuPont joined the company as a field rep in 1988. He became its owner nine years later, so he takes double pride in being the largest appliance and hearth product showroom in the state, and Connecticut’s leading authority in appliance and hearth products.


CAFD Introduces Trend Setting GE Slate Appliances

November 09, 2012 - Southington, CTGE Slate Appliances at CAFD on display in CAFD Showroom.

CAFD continues to be ahead of the curve when it comes to displaying the newest GE appliance products in their 10,000 square foot Southington showroom. It was just last month that GE released its revolutionary new Slate Finish Appliances, and CAFD already has a full GE Slate Kitchen on display!.


Local Business Competes with Big Box Stores by Promoting Everything Local at Outdoor Living Event

May 09, 2012 - Southington, CTCAFD is launching its own ‘Small Business Saturday’ on May 19th when a dozen local Southington businesses will participate in an Outdoor Living & Grill Event.

You see the decal in the store window, the sign at the farmer's market – BUY LOCAL. But for Connecticut Appliance and Fireplace Distributors there’s more to those two words than a promotional slogan.



May 04, 2012, Waterbury, CT – Douglas W. DuPont, owner of Connecticut Appliance and Fireplace Distributors in Southington, said he has seen a noticeable increase in sales of outdoor products including grills, torches, heaters, fire pits, audio and video equipment, and kitchen products over the past three years. His selling season for outdoor products has expanded from three to four months of the year to nine or 10 months. This year, he started selling gas grills in February.


CAFD Launches Its Full Line of Napoleon Fireplaces & Stoves with Six Live Showroom Models

December 16, 2011 - Southington, CT – On Friday, December 16, 2011, Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distributors (CAFD) officially launched their full line of Napoleon Fireplaces & Stoves. CAFD now represents the full line of hearth products for Napoleon Fireplaces & Stoves - North America’s largest privately held manufacturer of quality wood and gas fireplaces, inserts, stoves, and outdoor living products. The Napoleon brand is recognized for innovation, design and technology, and CAFD is the only full service Napoleon retail dealer and hearth specialist in Connecticut.


CAFD Voted Best Hearth Product Showroom in Connecticut & Recognized as Best Website

November 21, 2011, Southington, CT – On Tuesday, November 16, 2011, Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distributors (CAFD) was honored with HOBI Awards for the Best Product Showroom and Best Website. Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Connecticut, the HOBI Awards is the state’s most prestigious housing industry awards program. More than 550 Connecticut housing industry professionals gathered at the Aqua Turf in Southington to recognize the top homes, home products and housing suppliers in Connecticut.


CAFD iPad 2 Giveaway Presented to One Lucky Winner

September 5, 2011 - Southington, CT – On Monday, September 5, 2011, CAFD held a drawing for an iPad 2 during their first ever Labor Day Sales Event. CAFD owner, Doug DuPont, presented the iPad 2 to the lucky winner, Kathy Kazimierczak, on September 17th during the 14th Annual Nite of Lite Laughter Car Raffle which CAFD hosted at their Southington location.


CAFD Showroom in Southington Draws National Attention from GE Appliance
GE National General Manager tours 10,000 sf CAFD showroom with its live GE Profile, Monogram and new GE Café’ equipped kitchens. CAFD is the only showroom in the country to display and use the new super energy saving GE GeoSpring™ Hybrid water heater.

July 28, 2011, Southington, CT – On Monday, July 25th GE General Manager, Matt Rose, travelled from Louisville, Kentucky to visit Connecticut Appliance and Fireplace Distributors (CAFD) and tour their award winning 10,000 sf showroom. CAFD is ahead of the curve, as with their unique outdoor living showroom, which opened this summer; their iPad equipped sales staff for improved customer convenience; and their working display of the groundbreaking GE Hybrid electric water heater – the most energy efficient 50 gallon water heater you can buy. The new GE GeoSpring™ Hybrid reduces water heater operating cost up to 62% and saves approximately $320 per year. The CAFD display promotes the current $300 tax credit available to GE GeoSpring™ Hybrid purchasers, as well as a new $400 rebate for replacing an existing electric water heater.


Home Living Products Company Uses iPads and a New Interactive Website
to Make Choosing an Appliance, Fireplace or Home Theater Easier and
More Convenient

May 9, 2011 - Southington, CT – Starting this Monday, Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distributor customers can visit from anywhere they happen to be by clicking on their iPad. The newly launched website was designed to be iPad friendly for convenience, and will soon it will be mobile phone compatible with a Mobile Club for those who want to carry CAFD around in their pocket. To make purchases more affordable, offers visitors a choice of online deals, rebates and e-mail offers, and the site is designed with embedded video tutorials; an interactive design tool for customizing your fireplace; and many more high tech features to make choosing appliances, hearth products and home technology both fun and easy.


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