2018 Stihl Hardware All Star — Bath Lumber Co. (Nevada)
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BY HBSDealer Staff

It takes a little more to be a Stihl Hardware All Star.

Each year, HBSDealer solicits nominations from readers and the industry for Hardware All Stars.

And each year, we’re rewarded with a fresh class of high-performing, community-minded, service-oriented businesses worthy of the honor.

During the course of our research, we’ve met dealers who take risks, inspire staff and lift communities — or have what we call the All Star spirit.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Stihl Hardware All Star honorees. Here’s three stars worth gazing at:


Nevada
Bath Lumber Co.

Owners Jim and Tom Bath graduated from the school of hard knocks in the 1980s when they endured a “disastrous” economy that made merchandising the store nearly impossible. Fast forward to 2018 and Ely-based Bath Lumber Co. is thriving. It ranked among the top 100 Ace Hardware stores in paint volume, despite being in a market of only 10,000. “We do a good job in promoting paint and have the very latest in color match and computer machinery to mix,” said Jim, who has worked with his brother since the 1960s. His secret to success: “perseverance.”


Utah
Greer’s Do it Best Hardware

In addition to building materials, paint, plumbing, tools and farm and ranch supplies, Greer’s Do it Best in Tremont offers a solid motorcycle parts and accessories business that is seeing healthy growth. “That’s a little different for a hardware store,” owner Tom Greer said. Now in its 42nd year of business, the company became a Do it Best dealer in 1996 and expanded its LBM product offerings. Today Greer describes his business as “more than a hardware store,” serving an agricultural community north of Salt Lake City that is witnessing a rise in industry.


Wyoming
Build-Rite Do it Center

Family-owned since the 1950s, Build-Rite covers all of Carbon County, which spreads nearly 8,000 square-miles. “It’s one of the biggest counties in the country,” said Matt Arnold, VP of Build-Rite. “We’re flexible in what we do and can cover a big area. We try to help our customers and do what we can do whether the job is big or small.” The Rawlins location deals primarily in hardware. Its sister lumberyard 45 miles away in Saratoga allows Build-Rite to cover the huge area while feeding each other inventory.

See the full Class of 2018 Hardware All Stars — presented by Stihl — in the May issue of HBSDealer magazine.

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All the major trends were on display at the hardware show. Which was the biggest?

BY HBSDealer Staff

The curtain has been drawn on the 2018 National Hardware Show, but the trends on display will shine on into the foreseeable future. Special exhibit areas showcased more than just new products, they demonstrated themes and trends that are shaping the industry.

Pet products, farm and ranch, Made in USA, and high-tech smart home products were among the many storylines in Las Vegas at the 2018 show. And according to Rich Russo, VP of the National Hardware Show, there was something for everyone. “It’s great to see so much enthusiasm and excitement across the show floor.”

Whether you attended the show or not, some of the following trends are certain to affect your business. Which is the most significant?

  • Popularity of Made in USA
  • Spending on pets
  • Investments in business technology
  • Time-and-labor saving products
  • Outdoor living
  • International sourcing
  • Smart home
  • Healthy home
  • Other

You can take the poll at the right side of the screen (or scroll down on your mobile device.) Or tell us what you think at [email protected]

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2018 Stihl Hardware All Star — Camp Abbot Trading Co. (Oregon)
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Service-oriented in Oregon, Idaho and Montana

State by state, meet the 2018 class of Stihl Hardware All Stars

BY HBSDealer Staff

It takes a little more to be a Stihl Hardware All Star.

Each year, HBSDealer solicits nominations from readers and the industry for Hardware All Stars.

And each year, we’re rewarded with a fresh class of high-performing, community-minded, service-oriented businesses worthy of the honor.

During the course of our research, we’ve met dealers who take risks, inspire staff and lift communities — or have what we call the All Star spirit.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Stihl Hardware All Star honorees. Here’s three stars worth gazing at:


Oregon
Camp Abbot Trading Co.

This Sun River All Star named for the city’s original military base featured live reindeer in its holiday display last year. And that’s just one reason it was selected by Ace Hardware as one of four 2018 Coolest Hardware Store award winners. There’s always a lot going on inside, where half the store is a core hardware retailer, and the other half is a magical treasure hunt of general store merchandise. A Hallmark Crown store within a store boosts foot traffic.


Idaho
Caribou Jack’s Trading Co.

This Soda Springs based store was the inaugural winner of the National Hardware Show’s Reimagine Retail contest and its $100,000 store ops spending spree. Jack’s won over the judging panel with its vision of building an in-store café for hosting grilling and cooking events. In addition, the company will build an area for growing the produce used in the café. The company will also develop a mobile app to help groups coordinate events in the store.


Montana
Laurel Ace Hardware

The people who run this Yellowstone County All Star have been the subject of praise from Montana officials. In February, store manager Reece Gairett earned a Billings Gazette 40-under-40 award. And in April, owner Skip King received the Small Business Association person of the year award for the state of Montana. The store’s community outreach includes support of the Laurel Volunteer fire department, the local schools and the Laurel Christmas and July 4th parades. And in 2018, Laurel Ace hosted a parking lot Christmas tree fundraiser for the rotary club.

See the full Class of 2018 Hardware All Stars — presented by Stihl — in the May issue of HBSDealer magazine.

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