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08/17/2021

STIHL Hardware All Stars: Idaho, Ill., Ind. and Iowa

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The 2021 class of STIHL Hardware Store All Stars represent community-oriented, customer-focused, high-performance hardware-and-building-supply retailing at its finest. From each of the fifty United States, HBSDealer recognized an All Star performer.

You can read about all 50 honorees here in the digital issue of HBSDealer. Additionally, HBSDealer.com will highlight a handful of honorees each week, working our way from Alabama to Wyoming. Here, the All Star showcase continues with representatives from Idaho, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.

• Idaho
Jacobs Lumber
Deep in the heart of logging country, Jacob’s Lumber Company is very careful about sourcing local lumber. Its savvy customer base knows a Canadian wrapper when it sees one. But supporting local is just one of the traditions of community service here at the Kamiah All Star. Jacobs Lumber is the inaugural recipient of the local school district’s KamiahCares Community Business Award.

Illinois
Schauer’s Hardware
With a few Frank Lloyd Wright homes sprinkled in the area, Schauer’s Hardware in the Chicago suburb of Forest Park has performed some meticulous screen repair and other renovation work for the master-architect’s homes. But there’s nothing pretentious about the shopping experience: “We're just a good ole hometown hardware store,” said Richard Schauer, third-generation owner. The nostalgic soda pop and candy aisle has been a tasty and profitable recent addition.

• Indiana
PC Lumber & Hardware
It’s Kentuckiana’s largest locally owned lumber and hardware dealer. And the 90,000-sq. ft. New Albany showroom is a remodeler’s dream for selection and inspiration. Owner David Stemler points to trust and reliability as competitive advantages, plus “the best overall value for your money due to the overall quality of product and services delivered. We enjoy giving back to the community that supports PC.”

• Iowa
Norbys Farm Fleet
Earning the moniker “biggest little store in every town,” the business started by Loren and Connie Norby in 1962 (and now run by Paula Norby) has grown to 12 locations. From pet rescues to scholarships, Norbys lends a helping hand—and financial resources—toward numerous local activities. They’ll even provide the fish to fill your pond as part of Norbys Fish Days.

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