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Jesse Carleton

Jesse Carleton
Jesse Carleton has visited independent hardware retailers, conducted original research on the industry and written extensively about the business of hardware retailing. Jesse has written for more than a dozen of NRHA’s contract publishing titles, all related to the hardware retailing industry. He also was instrumental in developing the Basic Training in Hardware Retailing courses now used by thousands of retailers across the country.

10 Ways to Improve Your Carbon Footprint

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Lowering your carbon footprint isn’t just good for the environment; it could also save you money. Many shoppers may even favor a retailer who shows a desire to recycle or reduce energy usage. Here are 10 ways your business can …

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PRO Group Unites a Diverse Distributor Network

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The list of retailers buying from PRO Group’s distributor network includes home improvement stores, nursery outlets, lawn and garden centers, farm supply centers and even a few veterinarians. While these retailers all serve their various niches, they all have a …

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Middleburgh PRO Hardware Helps a Town Rebuild

heather and rich

In 2018, Middleburgh PRO Hardware received its town’s Business of the Year award, an honor giving tribute to a business with an extraordinary history of supporting its community. Rich and Heather Vilegi, store owners, have never faltered in giving back …

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New Members Increase PRO Group’s Reach

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Steve Synnott President and CEO After working for PRO Group for more than 20 years, Synnott purchased the company in 2012 from its founders, the Cosgrave family. He oversees PRO Group’s network of 73 distributors serving all 50 states. Hardware …

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Kentucky Mine Supply PRO Hardware Supply Taps the Consumer Market

ky mine supply

Change and diversification are key to long-term growth for any company. That’s true even for a company that for the past 100 years has been focused on one segment of the market. Since 1917, Kentucky Mine Supply Co. has sold …

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K+K Veterinary Supply Taps Into PRO Group’s Buying Power

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K+K Veterinary Supply may seem an unlikely partner for a distributor known for hardlines sales. But diversifying into hardware categories is a critical part of the strategy company founder and president Kenny Lipsmeyer is using to create value for his …

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PRO Group’s Approach to Marketing

Traditional advertising combined with the latest tools in digital media give PRO Group a comprehensive marketing program to help retailers promote their businesses. Regardless of the media used, PRO emphasizes ease of use and integration across the platforms. Print Advertisements …

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Grandview Lumber Makes a Move Online

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Three years ago, Cliff and Michelle Lewis, owners of Grandview Lumber and PRO Hardware in Grandview, Washington, took a big step forward when they built a new building and multiplied the size of space they have to use. Now, they …

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