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Carter makes management changes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Carter Lumber, the Kent, Ohio-based pro dealer, has announced three management changes.

Rollie Haring has been named vp-logistics, a newly created position in which he will be responsible for planning and implementing cost effective transportation strategies across the corporation.

Paul Barnaby will take over Haring’s former role as vp-product management, where he will set the direction for Carter component plants and work with field management to ensure an efficient manufacturing process to meet customer needs.

Finally, Michael Hock has been promoted to purchasing manager, a newly created position which will see him manage all operations of the purchasing department, while monitoring the commodity markets, buying cycles and flow of products from vendors in to all stores. Hock, who has m ore than 40 years experience in the lumber and building materials industry, will report to Barnaby.

Carter Lumber, with more than 200 stores in 10 states, was the Home Channel News Pro Dealer of the Year in 2007.

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Around the Web: Obama tackles housing market

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The Barack Obama administration started a temporary program to boost state and local housing finance agencies (HFAs). The purpose of the program is to spur lending and buying in a depressed housing market.

“Through this initiative, the administration aims to help HFAs jumpstart new lending to borrowers who might not otherwise be served and to better support the financing costs of their current programs,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a prepared statement.

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True Value fall market held in Atlanta

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When True Value president and CEO Lyle Heidemann addressed co-op members at the opening session of the 2008 fall market Oct. 17 in Atlanta, he stressed the importance of Destination True Value — encouraging retailers to adopt the new, more consumer friendly store format in one form or another.

“Much of our future is centered on Destination True Value, both for our existing stores as well as our growth with new ones,” Heidemann told the group assembled at the Georgia World Congress Center. “This year we will open, expand, relocate, convert or remodel more than 100 stores to the new format. In addition, another 75 stores will implement the DTV decor package.”

The point hit home with show attendees Kurt and Kathie Stringham, owners of Stringham’s True Value in Santaquin, Utah, which will undergo a DTV remodel starting next month. “Our sales are down this quarter, but we’re not pessimistic,” Kathie Stringham said. “I’m not sure about the economy, but for hardware stores, if you’re wise you can still do well.”

Carol Wentworth, vp-marketing, also addressed members at the opening session, trying to drive home the importance of national and local advertising in these tough economic times. She said stores that participated in three spring circular programs saw a 7 percent increase in sales and an average of $45,000 more in revenue during the spring season than stores that didn’t use the promotions.

“I think those numbers tell a pretty compelling story about using circulars to help you get ready for the spring selling season,” Wentworth said.

More than 1,000 vendors are introducing new items and offering market-only deals on merchandise from every major product category. Retailers attending the market will also have an opportunity to attend educational classes on everything from merchandising and marketing best practices to the True Value Rewards program and leveraging point-of-sale technology. 

The market is open through Oct. 20.

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