I held off purchasing my Montpelier during the summer because of the bankruptcy situation with Vermont Castings. However, once Monessen bought the company, I felt pretty comfortable with that turn of events. The economy sucks right now. Anyone manufacturing items that go into new construction would be hurting. I expect all fireplace manufacturers are suffering. The fact that Monessen had the financial clout to purchase VC at this point, suggests they have financial strength and foresight or they are really stupid. I am going with the former. I can't imagine that you make a purchase like acquiring VC, only to let it die or shut it down. The intellectual capital and EPA approvals that have been acquired on these products is extremely valuable. I am optimistic about VC's future, so went ahead with the purchase.