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Readers Respond: That’s the spirit

BY HBSDealer Staff

What's in a hire? A lot, as it turns out, and to no one's surprise.

There are a lot of considerations that go into hiring a new employee, but perhaps in this industry, spirit (and attitude) are what count the most. In a poll conducted earlier this week, we asked, "What's the number one quality — pick one — that you value in a new hire?"

"Enthusiasm" won the top vote at 29%, followed by integrity at 24% and reliability at 21%.

Traits like "intelligence" (15%), perhaps best reserved for white collar jobs, took a back seat to these three attributes. "Experience" was valued by 10% of respondents, "fashion sense" by 1%, and "sense of humor" by no one (so far).

What do you look for in a new hire? Take our poll here.

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A new kind of ‘Hangover’ for Housing?

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Researchers at Zillow haven’t actually declared bachelor and bachelorette parties a menace to the home industry. But they did identify the opportunity cost of all those pre-wedding adventures that can certainly put a dent in a down payment.

Making reference to the popular “Hangover” movie series, the digital real estate platform pointed out that destination bachelor and bachelorette parties are becoming the new norm for many millennials. Further, celebrants who attend just nine of these trips in a lifetime will have spent up to $13,788, or 34 percent of a down payment on the median U.S. home, according to a new Zillow report

A destination bachelor party costs on average $1,532 ($1,106 for a bachelorette), according to wedding website The Knot. If the average person attends nine parties in a lifetime, or three a year for three years, they will have spent up to 34 percent of the cash needed for a down payment on the median home. 

In some metros like Cleveland and Pittsburgh, millennials can spend up to half (51 and 50 percent, respectively) of their future home's down payment on bachelor parties and well over a third of a down payment on bachelorette parties. However, in hot and expensive markets like San Jose or San Francisco, nine destination bachelor parties equates to only 5% or 6%, respectively, of the down payment on the median-priced home.

Bachelor and bachelorette parties are not the only expense associated with attending a wedding. On average, bridesmaids and groomsmen spend an additional $1,154 for things like wedding day attire, a gift for the bride and groom, as well as travel and accommodations for the wedding day. Guests not in the bridal party still pay $888, on average, to attend each wedding. 

"Buying a home is one of the most expensive purchases someone will ever make, and for most first-time buyers that means years of saving money to afford a down payment," says Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow chief marketing officer. "Attending your friends' bachelor or bachelorette parties can be a trip of a lifetime. While everyone's budget and priorities are different, big ticket expenses like vacations can add up surprisingly quickly – a lot faster than a $19 avocado toast."

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Private equity firm sells Senco

BY HBSDealer Staff

Rosemont, Illinois-based Wynnchurch Capital announced that it has completed the sale of Senco Holdings Inc. to Kyocera Corporation, a supplier of cutting tools, industrial ceramics, electronic components, printers, copiers, solar power generating systems, mobile phones and semiconductor packages.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Based in Cincinnati, Senco is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of branded fastening tools and collated staples, nails and screws. Wynnchurch acquired the 60-year-old Senco brand in July 2009.

Frank Hayes, co-managing partner at Wynnchurch, said: "Senco represented an opportunity to rejuvenate a company with a strong brand, broad distribution, and differentiated products. We are very proud and appreciative of the team’s leadership and accomplishments; significant value creation was driven through improved operational and go-to-market strategies, while also executing on key strategic add-ons."

Steve Welborn, managing director at Wynnchurch, added, "Senco is an iconic brand in the Pro-Trades channels. We are delighted to have worked closely with the management team in restoring its legacy, and are proud of the growth and accomplishments achieved in partnership with management during our ownership period."

Senco products are used in a variety of professional fastening segments — home construction/remodeling, furniture, manufactured housing, pallets/crating — Senco products are available through professional distribution outlets in more than 40 countries.

Lincoln International LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor and Vedder Price acted as legal advisor to Senco and Wynnchurch in the sale process.

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