Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: The Rogers neighborhood

Rogers Do it Best Hardware celebrates 90th anniversary.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The March 2015 cover story of HBSDealer featured Paul and Becky Rogers in front of their Sparta, Mich., neighborhood hardware store Rogers Do it Best Hardware.

An even bigger milestone came just this month, as the store celebrated its 90th anniversary. Channel 17 of West Michigan covered the story — watch the video here.

The store’s major 21st century renovation was the subject of a profile as well as a “From the Editor” column in the 2015 issue. The renovation required a combination of retail planning and construction magic. It converted three downtown storefronts into a combined entity, while adding 4,000 sq. ft. of selling space.

According to Becky, the process taught a valuable and general lesson: “It’s definitely worth freshening up your store,” she said. “We’re fourth generation, and we used some components that Do it Best made available to help us celebrate the history, and also brought us up to date. The new look definitely helps.”


HBSDealer’s Throwback Thursday is sponsored by Schaffer Associates, a national management consulting firm specializing in executive search and organizational strategies for the hardware, home improvement, building materials, and consumer products industries. As the premier management consulting firm serving the industry, we help build organizations and leadership teams that foster corporate growth and success well into the future. Contact us at SchafferAssociates.com

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Throwback Thursday: Newt in the House

The 2008 ProDealer Industry Summit had plenty for political junkies.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Oct. 20, 2008, issue of Home Channel News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, concisely described that year’s ProDealer Industry Summit in Chantilly, Va., in this headline: “Business trumps politics outside D.C. as pro dealers grapple with downturn.”

It was a time of home foreclosures and market downturns. It was a time of bailout bills and presidential campaigns. There was a lot to talk about in Chantilly. And leading the discussion was Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House from Georgia.

The front page article quotes Gingrich — perhaps prophetically, perhaps accidentally — on the big picture of U.S. politics: “A sudden surge of energy from the American people will wipe out the current system.”

The event coincided with the vice presidential debate that paired Sarah Palin with Joe Biden.

Other bold-faced names at the 2008 Summit were housing analyst Ivy Zelman, National Association of Home Builders CEO Jerry Howard and incoming chair of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association Paul Hylbert, who at the time was CEO of ProBuild Holdings.

The event recognized Curtis Lumber of Ballston Spa, N.Y., as Pro Dealer of the Year. Keim Lumber of Charm Ohio was honored as Independent Pro Dealer of the Year.

The tradition of the ProDealer Industry Summit — hosted jointly by the NLBMDA and HBSDealer — continues in 2018 in Chicago.

 


HBSDealer’s Throwback Thursday is sponsored by Schaffer Associates, a national management consulting firm specializing in executive search and organizational strategies for the hardware, home improvement, building materials, and consumer products industries. As the premier management consulting firm serving the industry, we help build organizations and leadership teams that foster corporate growth and success well into the future. Contact us at SchafferAssociates.com

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Throwback Thursday: Victor Coal and Lumber

BY HBSDealer Staff

Victor Coal and Lumber in Victor, N.Y., officially closed its doors for good on May 26, but not before four generations and 140 years of adapting to customers and serving the community.

According to Victor’s Town/Village historian Babette Huber, the Wilcox-Johnson Tank Company began in 1870, with a new factory being built in 1912. During the 1940s, the Bartholomew Lumber and Coal Company was added. The company was renamed Victor Coal and lumber Company and was moved across the street to its present location. Up until its closing, it held the distinction of being the oldest continuing business in Victor.

According to the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle newspaper, fourth-generation owner Michal Bliss will retire at the age of 62.

In honor of the dealer’s long, distinguished run, this week’s Throwback Thursday segment looks back at Victor Coal and Lumber Co. The undated photo above hangs in the Victor Village Hall, and the photos below show the old wood working equipment as it looks today.


HBSDealer’s Throwback Thursday is sponsored by Schaffer Associates, a national management consulting firm specializing in executive search and organizational strategies for the hardware, home improvement, building materials, and consumer products industries. As the premier management consulting firm serving the industry, we help build organizations and leadership teams that foster corporate growth and success well into the future. Contact us at SchafferAssociates.com

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