Calif. hardware store among nation’s ‘best small workplaces’
Employee-owned Jackson’s Hardware in San Rafael, Calif., is one of the 15 best small workplaces in the United States, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal conducted the survey of best small workplaces in conjunction with the Evanston, Ill.-based Winning Workplaces, a nonprofit that helps small- and mid-sized companies create great workplaces. The 15 top workplaces were selected from among 700 nominations nationwide.
Jackson’s Hardware Inc., which reported revenues of $18.3 million last year, is owned by 63 employees. Company founder H.C. Jackson sold the business to employees in that late 1980s, the article said.
Lumber Liquidators to sponsor Pro Bowlers
Hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators signed a “multi-million dollar” sponsorship deal with the Professional Bowlers Association, according to the Puget Sound (Washington) Business Journal.
Lumber Liquidators plans to sponsor six bowlers as part of the deal, including Patrick Allen, Tommy Jones, Rhino Page, Parker Bohn III, Michael Fagan and Brian Kretzer.
The company will also place its name on the Bowlers Association logo. The Lumber Liquidator sponsorship replaces the association’s former sponsor, Denny’s.
Lumber Liquidators currently has a heavy presence on the association’s Web site, and plans are in the works for other sponsored events and tours, such as the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour 2008-09; the Baltimore Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship; and the North Brunswick, N.J. Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open.
Based in Toano, Va., Lumber Liquidators has more than 135 stores in the United States.
115-year-old hardware store to close
Puopolo Hardware, which has been operating as a hardware business in Weston, Conn., since 1893, is expecting to close its doors in the next month.
Store owner Paul Puopolo, the fourth owner of the business, announced in April that he was planning to retire and would close the store within about six months. Puopolo said the community is devastated by the loss of this long-standing business.
“People are struggling with the idea of losing a legacy business like this one,” Puopolo said, pointing to brands like Cabot, Purdy and many others. “There was a very broad and deep inventory of branded products that the community came to anticipate would be readily available here. They’re going to miss that.”