Minuteman International Company was started by Ashok Hingorany and Naraian Bhatia in 1977 at the peak of the oil embargo, just when wood stoves were becoming an alternate source of heating. They started out by supplying basic necessities like steamers, kettles and fireplace gloves. Since then, Minuteman International has expanded into a complete accessories supplier to specialty stores that sell fireplace items & wood stoves. Every year, Minuteman International continues to add different product categories to its line, while publishing a new catalog for its wholesale customers. The company is presently owned by Ashok Hingorany and his wife Achla Bahl Madan with Bob Miller as president. Minuteman International is the parent company of ACHLA Designs which caters to the home and garden industry. ACHLA Designs, a Garden Accessories company, emphasizes unique, hand-forged, wrought iron, European furnishings for the home and garden. Items range from small hooks and brackets to large pavilions and arbors. They also offer birdbaths, birding & garden pole systems, trellises, statuary, composting products, and wood and metal furniture. In 2004, ACHLA Designs introduced the Williamsburg Collection, offering reproductions as well as 17th and 18th century inspired designs for the contemporary home. ACHLA Designs continues to add beautiful and unique items year after year, resulting in an unusually large product line. All of their products are stocked in their warehouse for year round, prompt shipping. They take great pride in their exceptional customer service.