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HDW is holding its Spring Market in Texas

BY HBSDealer Staff

Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. has bigger plans than usual for its next Spring Market.

Thanks to its recent acquisition of Handy Hardware (and boosted attendance at its most recent market), the company had to look for a larger space.

This means that for the first time in company history, the 2018 Spring Market will be held in Texas.

“As a result of our acquisition of Handy Hardware and the tremendous attendance at our recent Spring Market we found it necessary to locate in a larger venue for an expanded show and to a larger city for access to more hotel rooms," said president and CEO Kenny Beauvais.

"We are excited to announce that we have booked the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center, located in downtown Dallas," he added. "The event will run January 19th – 21st in Dallas, Texas."

HDW’s 2017 Fall Market is scheduled to take place September 8-10th at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, LA.

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Parksite appoints a new director

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Batavia, Illinois-based Parksite, Inc., an employee-owned distributor with 10 locations and over 400 employee-owners, has appointed Scott Clifford to its board of directors.

Clifford is senior VP supply chain management for Graybar, a distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply chain management and logistics services. 

“As an organization, we continually challenge ourselves to improve, to become more valuable to our business partners, to become more sustainable for our shareholders. Our board members are chosen based on how their unique skill sets and perspectives can contribute to strategy development and Scott’s extensive background utilizing operations and technology to enhance the customer experience is a great addition for us,” said Ron Heitzman, CEO of Parksite.

Clifford has been with Graybar since 1994. In his current capacity, he oversees the company’s service, operations and technology platforms to enhance the customer experience and support profitable growth.

“I’ve been familiar with Parksite for many years and am honored to join the company’s Board.  I look forward to working with the Board and Management Teams to develop and drive strategy for the company’s long-term success,” said Clifford.

“Scott brings a deep understanding of employee-ownership philosophy to the Board, which will enrich the culture and ultimately increase shareholder value for our associates”, stated George Pattee, Parksite board chairman.  

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Stihl builds for growth in the Northeast

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In a move aimed at boosting overall operations and supporting dealer growth in the Northeast, Stihl celebrated the grand opening of its new Northeast Stihl location in Oxford, Connecticut.

In January 2015, STIHL Inc. announced it would relocate from Shelton, Connecticut, to a new facility in Oxford. The new site was completed in October 2016 and measures in at 110,000-square-feet.

Stihl Inc. distributes its products across the U.S. through a two-tiered system, selling products through a network of independent distributors and company-owned branches. Distributors and branches, in turn, sell products to authorized Stihl servicing dealers nationwide.

“With over 9,000 independent servicing dealers across the country, it’s critical that we provide them with superior service and support. The new facility in Oxford is just one example of the kinds of investments we are making at Stihl Inc. to strengthen our distribution infrastructure,” said Stihl Inc. Vice President of Sales & Marketing Nick Jiannas, who attended the ceremony.

Stihl selected Oxford. for its access to the I-84 and I-95 corridors which are main routes for deliveries to STIHL dealers. In addition, the facility is designed to drive efficiencies to further enhance dealer support and responsiveness. Expanded warehouse capabilities include: efficient racking and storage systems, improved pick and pack processes that reduce errors and increase productivity and 13 loading doors to handle inbound/outbound freight.

Northeast Stihl provides service to dealers in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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