Hardware executive retires after 73 years

California Hardware has announced the retirement of John “Norm” Corvello, a sales representative in the San Francisco/Northern California territory since 1946.

Corvello’s hardware career stretches back to 1935, when he began working as a salesman for Baker Hamilton, a West Coast distributor purchased by California Hardware in 1974. His starting salary was $7 a week.

Corvello left the wholesaler to start his own business, owning a hardware store from 1946 to 1956. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II and the Korean War.

In 1956, Corvello returned to Baker Hamilton, where he worked as a sales representative in Northern California until his retirement on June 30, 2008 at age 90.

“Norm [is] a big fan of vacation cruises. He and his wife Beverly plan to spend their upcoming free time traveling the open seas,” said  Kelley Hoskins, vp-sales and merchandising for California Hardware. She noted that Corvello’s 73-year career “must be some kind of all time industry record.”

Based in Ontario, Calif., California Hardware is a wholesale distributor of hardware and building materials to 11 western states. The organization is a member of Distribution America.