Throwback Thursday: Capitol Hill Memories
A front page article from the April 11, 1983, issue of National Home Center News, the precursor of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer, shows a group of lumberyard owners and operators in the office of Senator John Tower (R-Tex).
There’s Tower himself, sitting behind his desk, listening carefully to the interests of the lumber industry and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. (To see the NLBMDA’s current National Policy Agenda, click here.)
The top legislative priority, according to the report, was establishing something called “Mortgage Retirement Accounts,” a variation of IRAs that would allow tax-exempt saving toward down payment on a first home or mortgage prepayment of a current home.
Making the case in Tower’s office were Henry Herder, president of the Texas Lumbermen’s Association; Fred Crozier, VP of Joe Howard Lumber; and Leon Mellow, president of Wiener Lumber.
Other NLBMDA talking points from 1983 were opposition to leveling a countervailing duty on Canadian lumber and support for bankruptcy reform.
Tower died in a plane crash in 1991.
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Throwback Thursday: Jerry’s knows all
The March 21, 1988 issue of National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, recognized a variety of industry players for their advertising acumen. Among the “Golden Hammer” award winners: Jerry’s Building Materials, of Eugene, Ore.
Jerry’s took home the award for “Best TV Ad Campaign” in the under $25 million category. Here’s what the editors said at the time:
“Jerry’s Building Materials in Eugene, Ore., clearly demonstrated in its Golden Hammer-winning ‘Answer Desk’ campaign that its stores were prepared to go to great lengths to answer its customers’ questions.”
Also: “Jerry’s used its TV campaign to show that its employees were never stumped for an answer, even to the old sage’s question, “What is the meaning of life?”
Much has changed at Jerry’s since 1988, including a name change to Jerry’s Home Improvement. The retailer also opened a second store in 2003, in Springfield, Ore.
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Throwback Thursday: Carter Lumber’s Legacy
The Feb. 5, 2007 issue of Home Channel News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, told the story of Carter Lumber’s first 75 years, and its rise “from a single-unit Akron, Ohio, operation in 1932, to a $689 million player.” As we reported, the company continued to forge ahead.
Carter crossed the billion-dollar milestone in 2015.
In the photo above, Carter Lumber’s Jeff Donley and Neil Sackett pose with equipment from the early days, when the company — founded by Sackett’s grandfather — operated under a different name.
Here’s how Sackett described the company’s mindset for the company in 2007:
“We’ve evolved several times from our origingal model. We started as a lumber business and we stayed a lumber business, but we have evolved. Throughout our history, we’ve sen the ups and downs of the economy , and we see the changes that need to be made each time and to reposition ourselves.”
In the ten years since the publication of the photo above, Donley was promoted to president and COO. Donley and Sacket, the company CEO, continue to lead the pro dealer today.