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Do it Best names retail marketing director

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. has named Rich Lynch as its retail marketing director.

Lynch will oversee and guide the co-op’s retail marketing efforts through its 4,000 member-owned stores worldwide. He will also help drive the company’s member education and training programs.

“Rich brings an impressive amount of expertise, energy and experience to Do it Best Corp., and we are very excited to have him as an integral part of our marketing leadership team,” said Tim Miller, VP of marketing for Do it Best Corp. “Rich will play an integral role as we launch a number of important initiatives designed to help our members grow.”

Lynch brings more than 25 years of experience in the retail, home-improvement and co-op industries to Do it Best Corp. Most recently, he served as a senior category manager for Beam Global Spirits and Wine. 

 

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Ace recruits members in South Dakota

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Four South Dakota hardware stores have joined Ace Hardware, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based co-op announced recently.

The stores, owned by John Niederauer, are located in the South Dakota cities of Dell Rapids, Miller, Redfield and Tea. All four stores underwent the transformation in mid-August.

“For decades we’ve been a part of this community, helping residents find the right products, supplies and tools for their homes and gardens," Niederauer said. “We felt Ace’s ‘helpful place’ identity fit perfectly with what we’re doing here every day." 

Previously, the stores carried the True Value banner.

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True Value and Husqvarna host demo day

BY HBSDEALER Staff

True Value Co. and Husqvarna completed their first southeast regional Rental Demo Day event, held earlier this month at BullHorn Ranch in Liberty, N.C. 

More than 100 suppliers, rental operators and their associates participated in the event, kicking off the buying season and demonstrating a renewed interest in the industry despite the challenging economy, according to the companies.

“The most worthwhile aspect of the Demo Day was seeing the equipment in action,” said Edwin Scott, CEO of TCS Event Rentals in Burlington, N.C. “I asked for feedback from other rental operators and tested out the machinery. Even though I had no intention of buying anything, I wound up spending $40,000 on six new pieces of equipment.”

Participating suppliers introduced the newest features of their 2011 to 2012 fleet, leveraging the expansive amount of land to demonstrate large digging and earth-moving equipment. Rental operators sought out the opportunity to not only check out the latest in rental products, services and technology, but to also network and exchange ideas with other rental businesses. 

“I took full advantage of the hands-on experience with suppliers that I regularly use — it was fantastic,” said Roger McArver, president of Gaston Rentals in Gastonia, N.C.

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