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Strober Opens Design Studio

The Strober-Haddonfield Group (SHG), a division of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Strober Organization, has cut the ribbon on a new design studio for kitchen, bath, mill work, and window products in Pleasantville, N.J. Offering a showcase of products from manufacturers including Andersen Windows, Aristokraft, Cardell Cabinetry, DuPont Zodiaq, and Medallion, the new design center, which officially opened on June 2, supports and enhances the service of the 13 other SHG contractor centers in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

“This facility will give our builders and remodelers an opportunity to give their customers a chance to view the latest ideas in kitchen and bath design,” said Strober-Haddonfield executive vice president Joseph Todd in an official announcement. “It also provides work areas where they will be able to work through the details of their projects with our experienced design professionals.” With two on-site buildings, the 13,800-square-foot facility also will act as a SHG drywall distribution center.

Established in 1912, the Strober Organization (www.strober.com) serves the needs of professional builders and contractors from 44 locations in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Do it Best Receives Award

Do it Best Corp. (www.doitbest.com), a member-owned hardware and building materials co-op based in Fort Wayne, Ind., was awarded a Half Century Business Award in June by Indiana Lt. Governor Joe Kernan in recognition of 58 years in business and its well-established commitment to community service.

“Companies like Do it Best Corp. set a benchmark for others to follow,” said Kernan, who also serves as the director of the Indiana Department of Commerce. “They have continued to change with the times to successfully remain in business and grow.”

Fort Wayne mayor Graham Richard submitted a nomination packet on behalf of Do it Best Corp. in recognition of the co-op’s contributions to the Fort Wayne community over the years, including establishing a student educational retail store in conjunction with the Exchange City initiative of Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana to teach students about the free enterprise system and the merits of entrepreneurship.

“Do it Best Corp. has grown from 70 Midwestern stores to over 4,300 stores worldwide. This Half Century Business Award is a tribute to the fact that Do it Best Corp. has stayed committed to our rounding principles of serving others as we would like to be served, and helping our members grow,” said Do it Best Corp. president and CEO Bob Taylor (pictured left with Kernan) in a company press release. “The award is also a testament to the hard work, commitment, and expertise of our team of employees.”

New Office Space at KLBMDA

The Kentucky Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (KLBMDA) has completed a new 2,750-square-foot association office in Louisville, which was celebrated with an open house at the end of April. The location is now open for business, according to the organization’s Web site (www.klbmda.org), and association members are encouraged to tour the facility and take advantage of extra offices designated for the needs of members’ salespeople. A large, video-equipped conference room also is available to KLBMDA members who need meeting facilities for an hour or an entire day.

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