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Weekly Industry Insights — 5/10/24

Bliffert Lumber & Hardware VP Receives Industry Award

Bliffert Lumber & Hardware Vice President Josh Brown has been honored as a 2024 Notable Leader in Construction, Real Estate & Design by BizTimes Milwaukee Business News. This award recognizes accomplished professionals who have designed and constructed the region’s built environment and are changing Milwaukee’s skyline.


R.P. Lumber Co. to Acquire Mount Carroll Home Center in Illinois

Edwardsville, Ill.-based R.P. Lumber Co., Inc. has agreed to acquire the Mount Carroll Home Center, an independently owned retailer of hardware, lumber, and building materials in Mount Carroll, Ill. The transaction is scheduled to close on Friday, May 17, and is R.P. Lumber’s fourth acquisition this year and its first location in Carroll County. Mount Carroll Home Center becomes R.P. Lumber’s 84th location within six Midwest states.


Ace Hardware to Acquire Bishop Ace Hardware in Illinois

Ace Retail Holdings agreed to acquire Bishop Ace Hardware, a 13-store hardware store chain in central Illinois. Ace will retail store management, personnel and current product mix. The business was founded in 1960 in Springfield, Ill., and operates stores in these Illinois communities: Carlinville, Chatham, Dwight, Havana, Hillsboro, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Normal, Pittsfield, Pontiac, Springfield (two stores) and Taylorville.


Mayhew Tools Adds Two New Pry Bars to Dominator® Pro Line

Mayhew Tools has added two new pry bars to their long-standing Dominator® Pro Pry Bar product line. The new tools, a 36” orange and 36” green handled pry bar, fill a void in the extensive product line comprised of multi-color and length options.


Orgill Implements Elastic Path Composable Commerce

Orgill has implemented Elastic Path Composable Commerce, hosted on AWS, to power their  business-to-business and business-to-consumer ecommerce solution. This B2B2C solution enables Orgill to offer dealers commerce experiences that are fast to launch, efficient to maintain, and flexible to customize for individual stores.


BMAP Urges Hardware Store Owners to Help Keep Public Safe

As part of its on-going campaign, the Bomb-Making Awareness Program (BMAP), shares how retail hardware stores play important role in keeping the community safe. BMAP promotes the RACK (Recognize, Ask, Check, Know) to help store employees be aware of suspicious purchases or misuse of products and services. For more information, visit BMAP.

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