Beyers Lumber & Hardware in St. Louis and Niehaus Cos. of Vincennes, Ind., have more in common than just giving employees a day off on their birthday. Combining generous compensation packages with on-the-job empowerment, the recipients of the 2006 National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Excellence in Human Resources Award have succeeded in forging a team spirit within their companies that contributes as much to bottom-line success as it does to the ongoing retention of their top-performing staffs. Through open-door business cultures that seek to encourage the creation and support of employee efforts and ideas, these human resources benchmarkers have truly fostered a family culture within their business, a one-for-all and all-for-one corporate ethos that keeps their employees coming back to work and their customers coming back for more.

Beyers Lumber and Hardware fully subscribes to a work hard, play harder business model and embraces a sense of humor as one of the keys to pro dealer success. Read more.

A newsletter with national distribution and a hardcover company history penned by the owner himself just begin to tell the successful HR story at Neihaus Cos.Read more.