Hardware Retailing

APR 2018

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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HARDWARE RETAILING | April 2018 36 Checkouts COMMUNITY RELATIONS Remembering Where You Come From COMMUNITY RELATIONS Students Are Stars at Ohio Lumberyard P art of growing and expanding a business is always knowing where you started. The first customers who came through your doors were the ones who helped your business become successful. At CJ's Do it Center in Price, Utah, that past is remembered in a spectacular way. CJ's, founded in 1936, has built a diverse business in the hardlines of hardware and lumber while becoming known as a strong supplier of fences, gates and doors to the region of Carbon County. To honor that same region, owner Rick Krompel brought in his son and artist Justin Krompel to paint a mural depicting some of the area's most prominent occupations and industries. The in-store mural depicts several scenes and people who define Carbon County: a desert ranch entryway, several roughnecks, a welder, a rancher and more. The mural has become something of its own attraction, helping drive additional traffic into the store on a regular basis. "Price is a town that's always been heavily into coal mining. It's part of the history. Rick wanted to show respect for some of those industries like coal miners and construction workers," manager Melissa Causi says. The mural was commissioned in 2016 and it took about a year to complete as Justin worked on it during weekend trips to Price. S tudents taking courses at the Pike Career Technology Center in Piketon, Ohio, will get a boost from their local lumber and building materials retailer. Bill Klinker Jr., owner of Klinker's Lumber & Builders Supplies, located in nearby Waverly, Ohio, encourages students who want to pursue a career in the trades with his company's Vocational Stars award. "People who are involved, or who are preparing to be involved, in a vocational occupation are the backbone of our community and our country, and we want to recognize and support their efforts," Klinker says. "We all should raise public awareness of the value of vocational education, recognize student achievement and support local educational efforts." Students enrolled in a specific vocational education program at the Pike school are eligible for Klinker's award. Awards are given to students in each field of study offered at the school, for each grading period throughout the year. Honorees receive a certificate, a letter of congratulations, a press release and a gift certificate for Klinker's Lumber & Builders Supplies. "Encouraging students to consider a career in the trades obviously relates to our business," he says. "It's also important to show them that a career in those types of industries can pay well and hold a lot of opportunity for those who want it." A mural depicting local industry and careers is on display at CJ's Do it Center in Price, Utah. Winners of the Vocational Stars award get their photos posted at Klinker's Lumber and Builders Supplies.

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