Kropf Lumber president retires after 44 years
Kerry Krehbiel, who has been an executive at Hesston, Kan.-based Kropf Lumber for 44 years, has retired from his position as president.
Kropf Lumber, a member of the Do it Best co-op, has been in business for 60 years. Krehbiel started as an assistant manager at the 3,200-square-foot store in 1964, and was promoted to president in 1990 — the same year a tornado tore through Hesston and destroyed the store and warehouse.
Under Krehbiel’s guidance, Kropf built a new store almost three times as large, reopening in January 1992. Kropf now has 36 full-time employees and continues to serve central Kansas with lumber and building materials.
“One of Kerry’s trademarks is being able to take whatever comes his way and make the best of it,” said Mel Diller, Kropf’s vp. “He’s somebody who leads by example. He wouldn’t ask somebody to do something that he wasn’t willing to do.”
Wolf recalls 24,000 ranges
Madison, Wis.-based Wolf Appliance has recalled 24,000 gas ranges manufactured in the United States due to a delayed gas ignition problem.
The faulty gas ignition can cause a flash of flames to come out of the range door when it’s opened.
The company has received 97 reports of delayed ignition, as well as 15 reports of minor burns, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been no reports of fires or property damage.
The ranges were sold through a variety of home-building and appliance stores around the country from January 1998 to June 2008. Some units were sold directly to home builders.
True Value retailer named Citizen of the Year
Raymond Chamberlin of Belmont True Value Hardware in Belmont, N.Y., was recently named Citizen of the Year by the Belmont Betterment Association and the residents of Belmont.
Chamberlin received the honor in recognition of his achievements in business and overall contributions to the community. Since purchasing Belmont True Value in 1981, he has expanded the retail selling space from 3,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet, and has added building materials and a lumberyard.
“In rough times we’ve had lately, we’ve been able to thrive by working on customer service, making people feel special when they walk in the door,” Chamberlin said. “I think the Betterment Association is appreciative to see a small business doing well in this society.”