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May 7, 2014

Las Vegas -- The independent retailer and the family business were celebrated last night at the 30th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony.

Poolside at the LVH-Las Vegas Casino, hundreds of retailers and vendors mingled, the band (Voodoo Cowboys) played, and three industry leaders expressed gratitude and humility upon receiving Golden Hammers.

(View slide show here.)

March 27, 2014

The Home Channel Hall of Fame will induct a new member in early May, as Orgill chairman, president and CEO Ron Beal joins the prestigious circle of industry leaders.

Beal will be inducted as part of the 2014 Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony slated for May 6 in Las Vegas during the National Hardware Show

The event’s sponsors are HCN and the National Hardware Show.

March 7, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- During its Spring Dealer Market hear, Orgill expanded its show floor to more than 750,000 sq. ft., including multiple model stores and a showcase area that introduced a new vivid Solutions paint area and a “Backyard Oasis” featuring outdoor living ideas.

Organizers said thousands of retailers from the United States, Canada and all over the world took part in the market, which drew to a close March 1.

April 8, 2013

Ron Beal, president and CEO of Memphis, Tenn.-based Orgill, presented his views on hardware distribution during the President's Council meeting in Las Vegas. Here are the highlights.

The overview

"I've been at this a long time. One of the things that always impressed me is how simple distribution is to conceptualize, but how complex and how difficult it can be to actually execute. … It's pretty easy to understand why companies are not exactly standing in line to get in the business of distributing hardware products."

December 18, 2012

Three executives with long tenures retired from Memphis, Tenn.-based Orgill this month: Bill Fondren, Ken Post and Steve East.

Fondren retired as chairman of the board, but he will remain as a board member. Ron Beal will assume the chairman of the board post.

Ken Post was chief merchandise officer, a position to be filled by Brett Hammers. And Steve East was VP advertising. His replacement is Jeff Curler. 

August 18, 2012

Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor Orgill is a big believer in its model stores and their ability to inspire dealers to roll out new products and planograms. 

At this year’s Fall Market in Las Vegas, Orgill demonstrated four separate store types full of the latest in merchandise adjacenies, signage and retail ideas: Copper Canyon Hardware, Four Corners Hardware & Supply, North Lake Lumber and Frontier Farm & Hardware. 

August 1, 2012

The nation’s leading wholesale distributors of home improvement products and building materials saw an increase of 2.23% in 2011 sales, according to the research that produced the 2012 Home Channel News Top 100 Distributor Scoreboard.

It wasn’t easy.

According to the data culled from surveys, financial reports and estimates, the nation’s top 100 distributors produced a total of $40.263 billion in sales, compared with $39.385 billion in 2010.

June 30, 2011

“The concept of consistent, incremental improvement applies to just about everything we do,” said Ron Beal, the CEO of Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor Orgill.

In that sentence, Beal captured the essence of the distributor’s spirit of improvement. There’s no single hero, no silver bullet and no rainmaker. Instead, Beal describes an environment of measuring, benchmarking and improving. And the results were impressive in 2010, a difficult year for home products. Orgill posted 2010 sales of $1.179 billion, up 9.3% over $1.079 billion in the prior year. 

March 7, 2011

“There are no sissies left in this business.”

That’s the official Home Channel News quote of the month, from Rick Frost, the CEO of Nashville, Tenn.-based Louisiana-Pacific.

February 27, 2011

Orlando, FLa. -- There were several noteworthy features of Orgill's 2011 Spring Dealer Market. The aisles were full and suppliers approached by Home Channel News were generally pleased with booth traffic. 

Behind the scenes, Orgill CEO Ron Beal said the Memphis-based distributor was working to improve on a record 2010.

"It's hard to hit home runs, but if we can be 1% or 2% or 5% or 10% better, the cumulative impact of that is very significant," Beal said.

February 24, 2011

Memphis, Tenn.-based Orgill's 2011 Spring Dealer Market kicked off Thursday with pallet specials and seminars, among other things.

The market floor included two concept stores to offer merchandising ideas to dealers: Beale Street Lumber and Delta Farm & Hardware. 

"These stores showcase the range of what Orgill can provide to retailers of different shapes, sizes and formats," said Orgill CEO Ron Beal.

In his welcoming note to attendees, Beal also pointed to the deals available in the Coupon and Pallet Buy areas.

January 10, 2011

Suddenly, Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor Orgill views itself as a full-blown player in the Canadian market, thanks to a partnership with Canada’s Castle Building Centres. Orgill CEO Ron Beal walked Home Channel News through some of the thought processes that led to the venture.

• The partnership

December 20, 2010

Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor Orgill has partnered with Mississauga, Ontario-based Castle Building Centers to fully integrate Canada into Orgill’s core business.

Orgill has been eyeing the Canadian market for 15 years, and has been operating in limited capacity there for the past three years, shipping to independents in various parts of the country.

The partnership was reported originally in Hardlines, the Canadian home improvement industry magazine.

October 19, 2008

When Home Channel News’s list of Top 500 home improvement retailers was published in June,...

August 17, 2008

Orgill held its fall market at McCormick Place in Chicago Aug. 14 to 16, emphasizing...

August 10, 2008

“These are tough times. The general consensus is: we’ll make it through.” That’s how Orgill...

August 10, 2008

Orgill is showing its customers the path to green, identifying products that are good for...

March 16, 2008

At the Orgill Spring Conference in Orlando, Fla., last month, the first thing most attendees...

February 24, 2008

“We had, I think, 225 new dealer prospects, which is one of the gauges of...

November 18, 2007

The newly opened Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia boasts an impressive advantage over...

August 26, 2007

Orgill’s three-day fall market focused on areas like builders hardware, rental, agricultural and sporting goods,...

August 16, 2007

Highlights included a revamped plumbing category, expanded ProSource department and 400 new internationally sourced products....

August 2, 2007

The farm and ranch category by many accounts is a bright spot on the retailing...