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Beacon Lumber to close yard

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Beacon Lumber, a family-owned lumber and hardware dealer in New Bedford, Mass., plans to close and auction off its lumber division, according to a report in the local newspaper South Coast Today.

The lumber company plans to keep its paint and hardware store opened, while shutting down its lumberyard and auctioning off materials and equipment on Sept. 20, according to the report.

The closure was due to increased competition, a poor economy and failure of pro customers to pay some debts, the owners said. The yard saw most of its business from contractors.

Because of the struggling housing market, the owners told the newspaper they’ve decided to shift the business’s focus to consumer hardware.

The company was purchased in 1982, by Armand and Steve Brodeur. At its height, Beacon lumber employed about 100 people, down to around five today.

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Indiana True Value store marks 50 years

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The staff at Goecker Building Supply and True Value in Seymour, Ind., recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary in the hardware business. Family-owned and operated, the business was started in 1958 by Earl Goecker as a contracting company. Goecker’s son-in-law, Max Roeder, joined the business in 1970, adding a small retail selling space before opening a 10,000-square-foot hardware store in 1976.

Last year the store grew by 5,000 square feet to make room for a Just Ask Rental, which is managed by Roeder’s son, Brett. The family owns a second store 15 miles east of Seymour in North Vernon, Ind.

Seymour, Ind., is the birthplace of recording artist John Mellencamp and the subject of his hit song, “Small Town,” Max Roeder said.

“We’re just an independent lumberyard that’s become a fixture here,” he said. “If it weren’t for the loyal customer base, we couldn’t compete against the Home Depots and Lowe’s and 84s that have opened around here.”

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Marvin’s makes merchandising promotion

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Marvin’s, a 25-unit home center chain based in Alabama, has promoted Craig Cowart to the position of senior vp-merchandising and marketing.

Cowart most recently held the post of vp-merchandising and marketing. He rejoined the company in 1999 as a buyer and has held positions of increasing responsibility including general merchandise manager.

He is responsible for the merchandising, vendor programs, branding and marketing for the company’s home centers in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.  

“Craig is a well respected leader both in our company and in our industry, with over 17 years of retail experience. He has been a key leader in the development and implementation of Marvin’s new strategy and growth,” said Boyden Moore, Marvin’s president and CEO, in a statement.

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