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March 27, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. promoted Rich Lynch to the position of VP marketing.

January 29, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. announced that Tim Miller will replace John Snider as VP retail logistics.

The executive tranistion officially takes effect March 24, with Snider's retirement date set for June 30.

December 23, 2013

Indiana Governor Mike Pence presented the Sachem Award to Don Wolf, the longtime president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., at an event in Fort Wayne last week.

December 23, 2013

Indiana Governor Mike Pence presented the Sachem Award to Don Wolf, the longtime president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., at an event in Fort Wayne last week.

November 19, 2013

Do it Best Corp. concluded a week-long, intensive leadership training development program for a selected group of managers and leaders from among its member-owned stores.

The inaugural Leadership Development Institute (LDI) was held Nov. 12-15, at the co-op's Fort Wayne, Ind., headquarters. Twenty-three attendees took part in the training. 

October 22, 2013

Indianapolis -- One of the annual traditions at the Do it Best October market is the release of the vendors of the year list, selected by the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op. 

According to Do it Best, vendors on the 25-category list “provide the best product offerings and pricing to keep our member-owners competitive.”

October 21, 2013

Indianapolis -- Retired Do it Best Corp. CEO Don Wolf re-entered the spotlight Sunday night at the co-op's October market shareholder meeting.

Wolf received the state’s highest honor -- the Sachem Award for leadership and character -- hand-delivered by Governor Mike Pence.

October 21, 2013

Indianapolis -- Retired Do it Best Corp. CEO Don Wolf re-entered the spotlight Sunday night at the co-op's October market shareholder meeting.

Wolf received the state’s highest honor -- the Sachem Award for leadership and character -- hand-delivered by Governor Mike Pence.

May 29, 2013

Indianapolis -- Bob Taylor has a good memory for weather conditions.

Back in March, the Do it Best Corp. CEO flew out of Fort Wayne, Ind., with the thermometer reading 14 degrees. On exactly the same day the year before, traveling to the same business event, the temperature was a balmy 83 degrees.

May 20, 2013

Indianapolis -- Speaking to the collected body of Do it Best Dealers during the co-op's Merchandising Market Preview here, Steve Markley described light bulbs as a high-interest, high-reward category. 

April 22, 2013

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. earned recognition from Dale Carnegie Training.

April 10, 2013

Kearney, Neb.-based Builders will accept the 2013 “Tools of the Trade Award” during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

April 8, 2013

The co-op structure presents to the hardware industry one of the most interesting financial instruments in all of accounting: the end-of-year rebate.

San Antonio-based Alamo Lumber is a small regional lumberyard company serving 14 south Texas markets with a mix of building supplies and hardware store merchandise.

March 15, 2013

Customers entering the Menards store in Fort Wayne, Ind., pass through a turnstile and immediately confront a great wall — the wall of "household essentials & more."

Just beyond the shelves of chips and cereal and sparkling cider, the wall marks an increased presence for cleaning supplies. While not exactly standard fare for your typical home improvement giant, some experts say carrying everyday items makes perfect sense in today's retail environment.

December 4, 2012

Merchandise managers at Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. welcomed more than 75 multinational vendors to their corporate office in Fort Wayne, Ind., as the merchandising team looks to bolster its product lineup.

This biannual Buying Day event, held on Nov. 28, brought a flurry of activity to the company’s headquarters, according to Do it Best. 

November 5, 2012

Do it Best Corp. has awarded Simpson Strong-Tie its 2012 Vendor of the Year award for Overall Sales Growth. This is the first time the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op has given the distinction to the same company two years in a row.

October 15, 2012

Indianapolis -- Do it Best Corp. reported sales growth of 11.2% for fiscal year 2012, and celebrated its ninth consecutive year of $100 million-plus in member rebates.

The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op reported sales of $2.68 billion for its fiscal year ending June 30. Even more interesting to members was the size of the member rebate, which exceeded $100 million for the ninth year in a row. The $115.7 million rebate marks an increase of 9.4% over last year’s end-of-year rebate, and stands as the fourth highest ever. 

September 28, 2012

One of the challenges facing independent hardware stores in late 2012, as an election looms and uncertainty reigns, can be classified under the headline: “Good problem to have.” Specifically, it’s the challenge of managing a business through an upswing.

August 9, 2012

More than a 100 Do it Best Corp. staff, vendors and member-owners began building a new home for Habitat for Humanity in the co-op’s home town of Fort Wayne, Ind. 

The project is scheduled to run through early October. In addition to fully staffing the build, Do it Best Corp. is also completely funding the project, including materials and professional service provided by licensed specialists. This is the second company build the co-op has sponsored, with the first coming in 2006.

May 31, 2012

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. promoted Jason Hipskind to regional sales and business development manager for the southeastern United States and hired Jean Fahy to serve the western United States. Both will focus on building and strengthening member-owner relationships with the co-op.

Hipskind is a 13-year veteran of Do it Best, most recently serving as a RetailPLUS! manager for the past two-plus years. He also brings extensive experience in retail development and member support over the previous decade to his new position.

May 1, 2012

As the National Hardware Show kicks off in Las Vegas, the Golden Hammer Awards program enters its 28th year.

Wednesday morning at the show, the Home Channel News Golden Hammer event will honor the best of the best among home improvement suppliers and recognize outstanding achievement in the retail field. A twist for 2012: A Golden Hammer panel discussion with the working title: “The recovery: Is it real? And what to do about it?”

April 25, 2012

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. enhanced its e-commerce website devoted to the sale of Channellock products.

The new site, Channellockproducts.com, is a subsidiary of Do it Best Corp. and is described as “powered by Doitbest.com.”

The site is one of the outcomes of a major initiative in 2009 that brought certain Channellock products exclusively into Do it Best stores in the categories of protective gear, wet/dry vacs, flashlights and other licensed products. 

March 30, 2012

In 1999, Bob Taylor achieved a feat accomplished by no other home improvement executive in the annals of business journalism.

He was compared with “Bonanza” character Adam Cartwright and U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush — in the same article.

We’ll explain later.

First things first: Do it Best Corp. CEO Bob Taylor is to be congratulated for his selection as the 2012 inductee of the Home Channel Hall of Fame.

March 28, 2012

Do it Best plans to build a $30 million Retail Service Center (RSC) in Sikeston, Mo, replacing the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op’s existing facility in nearby Cape Girardeau.

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