Kirley Masonry & Stove Emporium “Steps Up” as 2014 Providence Fight for Air Climb Sponsor

Stairclimb supports nonprofit’s research, education and advocacy efforts

(February 19, 2014)

The American Lung Association will host its sixth anniversary Fight for Air Climb in Providence on Saturday, February 22.  Climbers, including teams of firefighters, will tackle 22 floors inside the Omni Providence Hotel to raise money in the fight against lung disease. Kirley Masonry & Stove Emporium, a Mansfield family-owned business since 1910, is a local leader in cleaner burning energy and will serve as an event sponsor for the first time in 2014.

Jeff and Eric Strom, lifelong North Attleboro residents, are the current owners of Kirley Masonry & Stove Emporium and the fifth generation to serve as owners. Jeff’s oldest son, Tyler, 24, is a Kirley employee, making him the sixth generation to be a part of this family owned and operated business. Kirley specializes in the sale and distribution of stone, cement, and brick pavers and is an authorized dealer of the Big Green Egg®; the company is also well known for selling efficient pellet stoves. “Fast forward a few generations where Eric and I purchased the business from our dad in the early 1990's; a couple of name changes and products along the way and we are now a leading and authorized dealer of Harman pellet stoves in the Mansfield area,” explains Jeff.

“We thank Jeff, Eric and Kirley Masonry for their support of our 2014 Fight for Air Climb in Providence,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “This event has grown tremendously over the last six years and it is support from local businesses like Kirley and local community members like Jeff and Eric Strom that have helped us become so successful and raise so much money to support our research, education and advocacy efforts.”

The mission of the American Lung Association is something that is near and dear to the Strom family. Jeff and Eric’s father, Sherman Strom, passed away from smoking-related illness in 1999. Jeff and Eric both have children who suffer from asthma - Jeff’s son Connor and Eric’s daughter Haley. Both Jeff and Connor have been a part of the Fight for Air Climb over the past couple of years in honor of Jeff’s father and Connor’s grandfather. Jeff says they plan to do so for years to come.

Kirley Masonry has a rich history in the home heating industry. “Kirley has been in business since the early 1900's operating under the name Kirley Coal Company,” explains Jeff. “Our family's business history, specifically the home heating industry, actually dates back to the late 1800's where our great-great grandfather sold coal, wood, and other products.  The business started selling home heating oil in the 1940's, which was a much cleaner burning fuel than coal, thereby phasing out coal over the course of the next decade or so.” 

When asked why Kirley chooses to support the American Lung Association, Jeff declares, “We think the local stairclimb event is a great event for a very worthy cause. We are an exclusive Harman pellet stove dealer and many of our products are better for lung health and keeping our air in our communities cleaner than traditional wood burning. We care about the air we breathe and lung health.”

The Providence Fight for Air Climb is sponsored by the Omni Providence Hotel, Rí Rá Irish Pub, NBC 10 WJAR, Fidelity Investments, LGC&D, Absolute Respiratory Care, CVS Pharmacy, Electric Boat, Vermont Hard Cider, Hot 106 FM, Amica Insurance, MetLife and Genentech. The event is also made possible with the support of national Corporate Team partner, Kindred Healthcare. To learn more about the Fight for Air Climb, visit ClimbofYourLife.org.