The Western Building Material Association (WBMA) gave its 2009 Dealer of the Year award to Hadlock Building Supply of Port Hadlock, Wash., and recognized Jensen Distribution Services of Spokane, Wash., as its Supplier Member of the Year.
The honors took place Nov. 5 in Portland, Ore., during WBMA's annual dinner. At that same event, Eric Fritch, president of Chinook Lumber, Snohomish, Wash., became the group's new president. Joining him as officers are first vice president Ed Wait, president of ProBuild Northwest and second vice president Randy Stemper, owner of Astoria (Ore.) Builders Supply.
Hadlock Building Supply was purchased in 1984 by Joe Lovato, who was joined in 1988 by Morris James. Over the years, Hadlock survived an arson attack in 1995 that destroyed the main building, built a new store, and opened a rental center in 2006. That building is notable for including a large meeting room that is made available for community groups. Lovato died last year.
Hadlock emkployees are involved in several civic groups and established a Junior Builders Club for kids to learn carpentry skills.
Jensen Distribution Services is an independent regional wholesaler started by O.C. Jensen and Henry Brooke in 1883. Chairman and CEO Mike Jensen is the fourth gneneration of the family to be involved with the company, which has a 570,000-square-foot warehouse stocking approximately 66,000 SKUs.