Hardware Store Wins National Award
Each year, the small business movement Independent We Stand helps consumers recognize the top small business in the country—businesses whose owners go out of their way to give back to their communities—with the Independent Small Business of the Year award (or Indie Award). The 2017 recipient is Massachusetts company Carr Hardware.
Family owned and operated since 1928, the company was founded by Sam Carr and purchased by the Raser family in 1962. Marshall Raser and his son Bart still handle business operations. With more than 100 total employees, each location offers its customers years of specialty experience. Carr Hardware will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $50,000 and has committed to donating its $5,000 cash award to a park revitalization project in Pittsfield, MA, home to the store’s main branch. The staff at the four Berkshires locations in Massachusetts and two in Northern Connecticut take pride in servicing the needs of their neighbors.
Employees are encouraged to volunteer in their communities and have served on volunteer fire departments and coached local sports teams. Most recently, through product and cash donations, Carr Hardware provided its customers with a platform to support hurricane relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The store itself is involved with many local civic organizations.
Good for the Goose
Over a half a century ago, a large airplane hangar in West Los Angeles housed the notorious Spruce Goose aircraft, Howard Hughes’ massive wooden flying boat that was airborne for only one short flight. Now, that historic hangar is being refurbished and protected using products by TEX•COTE®, a nationwide manufacturer of infrared heat reflective architectural coatings.
The former Spruce Goose hangar, built by aircraft innovator Hughes in 1945 in Playa Vista, California, is being renovated for use as office space. The project’s architects were looking for an infrared heat reflective coating and a dark color that will last on the building and not fade, as well as provide energy savings. They chose Tex•Cote’s Reflect-Tec®, which will be applied to over 160,000 square feet of this historic metal building in a dark, rich color called Black Bean.
Reflect-Tec is a field-applied Kynar resin system using infrared technology. It will be used to coat all the exterior metal surfaces including many of the original galvanized steel and aluminum surfaces from the 1940s.
The Hughes H-4 Hercules, nicknamed the Spruce Goose, is now on public display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.