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Obituary: Glenn Ladison Hamm

BY HBSDealer Staff

Glenn Ladison Hamm, the second-generation owner of Hamm Hardware and Building Supplies in Prosperity, S.C., died recently. He was 87.

For 75 years, Hamm worked in the family business, which was a 2016 HBSDealer Hardware Store All-Star selection for the state of South Carolina.

The editorial feature included the following write up of Hamm Hardware: “It’s not unusual to find three generations of Hamms working alongside one another at family-owned Hamm Hardware & Building Supplies. Second generation leader Ladison Hamm’s engagement with the area’s emergency response teams has led to the store devoting a corner section of the sales floor to a selection of fire and rescue equipment and supplies.”

He is survived by a son, Ladison Lee (Paula) Hamm; grandchildren, Glenn Ladison (Kim) Hamm II and Rev. Adrienne (Matthew) Fink; great-grandchildren, Everett Lee Hamm, William Jefferson Hamm and Lydia Katelyn Fink. 

A full obituary can be found here.

 

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Wanted: Hardware Store All-Stars

BY HBSDealer Staff

In 2011, HBSDealer launched an All-Star idea — recognize a high-performing hardware or building supply dealer in each one of the 50 states.

The trend continues in 2018 with the STIHL Hardware All-Stars awards, to be presented in the May issue of HBSDealer.

To date, HBSDealer has recognized about 300 hardware stores, lumberyards and farm and ranch retailers across the country as All-Stars.

All-Stars contain one or more of the following attributes:

  1. High levels of customer service;
  2. High performance – growth, sales, profit or any other metric;
  3. Deep involvement in the community;
  4. Innovative culture;
  5. Outstanding merchandising and store design;
  6. Willingness to take risks;
  7. A passion for philanthropy;
  8. Excellence in training;
  9. Ability to adapt to trends and society; or
  10. Generally, just an all-around all-star retailer

Do any of these qualities describe a store in your neighborhood? We’d love your input.

To nominate a store for recognition in the STIHL Hardware All-Stars awards program, just send a sentence or two about the store to [email protected]. Please include the store’s full name, as well as its city and state.

Check out last year’s All-Star class here.

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Feb-07-2018 02:32 pm

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Q1 sales, income up at WD-40

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WD-40, the iconic lubricant, maintenance, and cleaning products manufacturer, reported first quarter 2018 net sales $97.6 million, a 9% increase compared to first quarter 2017 net sales of $89.2 million.

The San Diego, Calif.-based company also reported a first quarter 2018 net income of $12.6 million, a 7% increase from a first quarter 2017 net income of $11.6 million.

“The tribe has delivered solid first quarter results, reflecting excellent execution of our first and second strategic initiatives and the fact that for the first time in a long-time, foreign currency exchange rates are not diluting our reported net sales results,” said Garry Ridge, WD-40 president and CEO.

Ridge pointed out that sales of the company’s “flagship product,” WD-40 Multi-Use Product, grew 10% in the first quarter while sales of its WD-40 Specialist product line rose 29% during the period.

“Overall, we are off to a good start in 2018 and we believe our focus on executing against our strategic initiatives will continue to drive revenue growth, further strengthen our financial foundation, and enhance shareholder value,” Ridge said.

Looking ahead, WD-40 is projecting total net sales growth between 4% and 6% with net sales expected to be between $396 million and $403 million. Net income for the year is projected to be between $54.4 million and $55.3 million, the company said.

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