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True Value elects new chairman of the board

BY Ken Clark

Chicago-based True Value Co. tapped Brent Burger, owner of hardware stores in Maine, as chairman of the board.

Burger replaces outgoing chairman Brian Webb, owner of Krueger’s True Value in Neenah, Wis. and Grand Rental Station in Appleton, Wis.

Burger has served on the board since 2007, sitting on the compensation and corporate governance committees. He also serves on the board of the True Value Foundation.

“Brent brings a wealth of hardware knowledge and leadership experience to our board,” said Lyle Heidemann, president and CEO of True Value. “As a local store owner and dedicated board member, I know he will provide great insights into the future growth of True Value Co.”

Burger joined the co-op in 1999. He owns and operates five Maine-based Destination True Value stores in Madison, Skowhegan, Winslow and Farmingdale, and a Just Ask Rental store in Skowhegan. Prior to joining the hardware business, Burger worked with Starbucks Corp. and TCBY Enterprises. He began his career in 1985 as the youngest TCBY franchisee in the company’s history.

Burger currently serves on two not-for-profit boards — the YMCA/Boys and Girls Club of America and Mount Merici Academy. His leadership experience includes serving on the board of directors for the Greater Blacksburg, Va., Chamber of Commerce and positions on advisory boards for Agway Dealer Stores and TCBY franchises.

“The opportunity to serve True Value as chairman of the board and contribute to shaping the future of our organization is an enormous honor,” said Burger. “I look forward to continuing to represent our membership while helping grow True Value and meet our customers’ needs.”

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Ace recognizes smooth operation in Tampa

BY Ken Clark

Ace Hardware announced that its Retail Support Center (RSC) in Tampa, Fla., has been named the Ace Hardware RSC of the Year.

Ace operates a total of 14 RSCs. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based co-op said its Tampa facility is a key component in Ace’s global retail distribution network. As a warehouse operation, it has access to more than 70,000 products.

“Our Retail Support Center in Tampa consistently delivers some of the highest service levels in the industry, vital to the operations of our supply chain and meeting the demands of our valued retailers,” said Rick Whitson, VP retail support, Ace Hardware.

In addition, the Tampa RSC has also been named the best overall traffic-operating performance facility for 2012.

In Tampa, retail support manager Dave Milner and his staff have been formally awarded the Bud Picone Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in safety, operations, finance and inventory management. Ace’s overall traffic operating performance award is given to the facility that best demonstrates excellence in safety, delivery and operations ratios.

“These awards are well-deserved by our dedicated, hardworking team members,” said Milner. “Without their efforts these achievements would not be possible. We want to thank our team for their commitment to excellence each and every day.”

Currently, the Tampa RSC supplies 181 domestic and 121 international retailers in 60 countries with the product they need to successfully operate their independently owned businesses. The facility was also recently named a Top Workplace by Workplace Dynamics.

Ace’s 391,700-sq.-ft. Retail Support Center in Tampa was acquired by Ace in July 1977 and began distribution to Ace retailers in the surrounding areas. The center is located on 17 acres of land and has a fleet of 17 tractors and 28 trailers, as well as 31 shipping and receiving docks.

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In California, Weaver Lumber joins True Value

BY Ken Clark

According to an article in the Record Searchlight of Redding, Calif., Weaver Lumber plans to take on the True Value brand.

Weaver Lumber in Redding, Calif., is currently an LBM-focused yard operating in a 10,000-sq.-ft. building previously occupied by Moss Lumber. But according to the news report, owner Brent Weaver intends adds a strong DIY component. 

When it takes on its True Value affiliation later this year, the store will be the first True Value in Redding, according to the newspaper. Another True Value operates in the neighboring town of Palo Cedro.

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