House-Hasson Hardware names new warehouse manager
House-Hasson Hardware, the independent hardware distributor, announced that it has named a new manager to supervise the company’s 750,000 combined square-feet of its warehouses in Knoxville, Tenn., and Prichard W. Va.
Paul Thorman is overseeing House-Hasson’s warehouse operations and the supervision of the company’s nearly 300 warehouse employees.
“The hardware store and lumberyard dealers who count on us are the lifeblood of our business, and our warehouses are the heart muscle that pumps to them the products they need for their customers,” said Don Hasson, president of House-Hasson Hardware. “Dealer profitability is our goal, and efficient warehouse operations are essential to achieving that goal.
“Warehouse manager is a critical position, and in Paul we have an excellent leader and manager for our warehouses,” Hasson added.
Thorman, a Kentucky native and comes to House-Hasson from the Next Level Apparel distribution center in Dothan, Ala.
Thorman spent six years in the U.S. Navy, where he got his start in warehouse management and distribution. He was assigned for three years to an aircraft carrier, the USS Midway, and three years working in a 500,000 square-foot aviation supply warehouse in Jacksonville, Fla.
“In my three years in the Navy at Jacksonville I probably learned more than at any time in my career,” Thorman said.
House-Hasson is currently operating two daily warehouse loading dock shifts, and single shifts of stock picking and receiving.
“My philosophy is as simple as it gets,” Thorman said. “Come to work, do your job the right way, and we go home when finished. Treat each other the way you want to be treated. I grew up in a large family of 11 children. Respect was required, or else. Our parents instilled that in us.
“Our customers are the most important people to us,” he added. “We respect them, and we’ll always go that extra mile to make sure we do it the right way.”
The COVID-19 pandemic presents its own complications in terms of running a warehouse, Thorman said.
“COVID – 19 Has been one of the biggest challenges in all of my career,” he said. “Keeping our employees safe and doing it the right way is the key to getting through this pandemic.”
Based in Knoxville, Tenn., House-Hasson serves about 2,500 independent hardware store and lumberyard dealers in 23 states and the Caribbean Basin.