Business savvy in Nevada, Utah and Wyoming
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:
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.”
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.
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.
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