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ROTC race gets a head start from dealer

BY Ken Clark

The West Virginia University Army ROTC “Wild Warrior Challenge” is one of those endurance test mud runs with a twist — all proceeds go to veterans organizations.

This year’s race received a boost from 84 Lumber, which provided $2,000 worth of lumber to construct the course, according to an article on WBOY.com

The Wild Warrior Challenge race takes place April 20 in Morgantown’s Mylan Park.

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CNRG embraces the farm format in Natchez

BY Ken Clark

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group opened a new Town & Country Farm & Hardware in Natchez yesterday. 

The 12,000-sq.-ft. store format has an emphasis on farm.

“This new format  is something I’ve thought about for a long time,” said Jimmy R. Smith, chairman of CNRG. “It is a different store from our traditional hardware stores with depth in the farm and feeds, hardware, and automotive assortments.” 

The store has a 12,000-sq.-ft. sales floor with a large assortment of hardware, feeds, pet and animal health, farm implements, automotive, fencing, electrical, plumbing, tools, lawn and garden, and home organization items.

The store is three miles south of CNRG’s Home Hardware Center in Natchez.

“We are excited about this new concept for our company, ” said Boyden Moore, president of CNRG.  “This new store gives us the opportunity to reach a customer that we haven ’t been able to serve through our other formats. ” 

CNRG currently operates 42 home center and hardware stores in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia under the Home Hardware Center, Morrison Terrebonne Lumber Center, NFL Home Center, Elliott’s Hardware, Town & Country Hardware, Habersham Hardware & Homecenter, WT Harvey Lumber, and Town & Country Farm & Hardware brands.

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Paint stores lead SHW in Q1

BY Ken Clark

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co. posted a sales increase of 1.4% in the first quarter ended March 31, which saw higher volume in the Paint Stores Group.

Net income increased 16% to $116.2 million.

The company’s consolidated net sales increased 1.4% to $2.17 billion. The Paint Stores Group saw sales increase 4.0% to $1.17 billion in the quarter. The company pointed to higher architectural paint sales volume across all end-market segments. Comp-store sales for paint stores increased 3.2%.

Paint Stores Group segment profit increased $17.0 million to $129.7 million in the quarter from $112.7 million last year. 

"We continued to invest in our business by opening nine net new locations in the Paint Stores Group," said Christopher Connor, chairman and CEO.

The company expects to open 70 to 80 new paint stores in 2013.

Sherwin-Williams operates more than 4,100 company-owned stores and manufactures paint brands such as Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy, Krylon, Minwax and Thompson’s Water Seal.

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