Miles Industries was founded in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1977 by Garry and Barbara Miles, and their eldest son Martin. Its objective–to build upon the Miles' family experience in the Home heating industry. In 1984 as volume grew, Miles Industries obtained the exclusive Canadian distributorship for Valor products and the first Canadian Gas Association (CGA) Certified products arrived for sale on a national basis.
Recognizing a need to bring product to market faster and more economically, Miles Industries approached Valor in 1999 and recommended that Valor Branded products be manufactured by Miles. An agreement was signed in 2001–and the rest is history.
A History of Miles Industries
By 1981, Martin Miles had established a network of dealers. When the first plate steel wood burning fireplace inserts arrived in the scene, Garry started to look for a natural gas, clean burning alternative. This led to discussions with Valor Heating Ltd of Birmingham, England. and obtained a sample Valorflame for evaluation. When installed into a wood burning fireplace in our lower floor "rec" room, we were immediately convinced of an opportunity because of its high radiant output and efficiency. And so, Garry set about the task of bringing these gas burning and efficient radiant fireplace heaters to Canada by obtaining Safety Certification for sale in British Columbia. After a slow start many of our wood stove dealers took to Valor Radiant Fires who are still major Valor dealers today.
Miles Industries obtained the exclusive Canadian distributorship for Valor products in 1984 and the first Canadian Gas Association (CGA) Certified products arrived for sale on a national basis. At this time, Paul Miles moved to Ontario to develop Eastern Canadian markets. In 1986, Valor designed and sold the first ever direct vent room sealed fireplace, and it became an instant success in Canada. In that year Miles pioneered the first "power vented" gas fireplace allowing fireplace installations almost anywhere in the home.
By 1987, sales had increased from 100 units in 1982 to more than 10,000 units per year. The company's exclusive distribution agreements with Valor soon expanded to Washington, Oregon and California. Miles Industries approached Valor Heating in 1999 and recommended that Valor Branded products be manufactured by Miles. An agreement was signed in 2001.
The Miles' manufacturing plant has been certified (since December 2002) by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The company has invested in a large well equipped product-engineering lab, also with CSA certification. Since taking over production and design from Valor UK, Miles Industries has successfully designed and launched a full range of gas fireplace products, including the best selling Legend G3 Insert Series.