DISTRIBUTORS/CO-OPS

A new, Texas home for HDW

BY Ken Clark

Hardware Distribution Warehouses is moving 22 miles west to set up a new corporate headquarters in Marshall, Texas. The Shreveport, Louisiana-based company purchased a 670,000 sq. foot facility in Marshall, into which it will consolidate its current distribution centers in Shreveport and Houston.

The setting's facility is described as a step up for the growing regional distributor currently based in Shreveport. The company plans to complete the move and begin shipments from Marshall by September, 2017.

Marshall will serve as the hub for western distribution, HDW said. The company’s Greenwood, Mississippi, distribution center will continue to provide services to the East side of the Mississippi River.

HDW recently purchased the Houston-based distributor formerly known as Handy Hardware. Currently, HDW ships products to more than 2,000 independent hardware and lumber yards in nine states. 

With consolidation in Marshall, HDW CEO Kenny Beauvais said special attention will be given to customers of the Houston facility.  “Understanding the importance of the Houston Distribution Center capabilities to their local market, HDW will be implementing a new daily service program to accommodate those customers,” he stated

The president of HDW’s Houston Division Craig Cowart, and former president of Handy Hardware, will not be relocating to Marshall. Cowart resigned from HDW last week. He said that the team’s efforts to integrate the Handy operation and the HDW operations have gone well.

HDW partnered with Fortna Associates, a nationally recognized business consulting firm, on the design and layout of the new facility in Marshall.
 

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