For Immediate Release:
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Carr Hardware Named National Small Business of the Year
Will Donate Cash Award to Benefit Park Project
Pittsfield, MA – December 13, 2017. —Each year, the national small business movement IndependentWe Stand helps consumers recognize the top small business in the country, whose owners go out oftheir way to give back to their communities, with the Independent Small Business of the Year awardor Indie Award. With nearly 90 years of providing expert advice and quality service to customers andan unshakable commitment to community events and organizations, the 2017 Indie Award recipient isCarr Hardware.
Throughout the contest, Carr Hardware committed to donating its $5,000 cash award to a parkrevitalization project in Pittsfield, Mass., home to the store’s main branch. The staffs at the fourBerkshires locations in Massachusetts and two in Northern Connecticut take pride in servicing theneeds of their neighbors.
“This year’s winner exhibits the spirit of what makes independent businesses special — a focus onboth customer service and the community,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand.“Carr Hardware garnered support through its mission to serve customers and the community bychoosing a pay it forward approach with the prize winnings. The $5,000 cash prize will help pay for asplash pad at a community park. It’s that type of local involvement and dedication we see from ournominees each year across the country; this award helps us recognize and reinforce those efforts.”
Family owned and operated since 1928, the company was originally founded by Sam Carr andpurchased by the Raser family in 1962. Marshall Raser and his son Bart still handle businessoperations. With more than 100 total employees, each location prides itself on offering years ofspecialty experience. Carr Hardware serves homeowners, contractors, commercial customers,institutions and government agencies throughout the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut andsurrounding areas through their stores. The business also supports many organizations includingRotary Club, Pittsfield Economic Redevelopment Commission (PERC), multiple Chambers ofCommerce, Downtown Pittsfield Association, Boys & Girls Club, Berkshire Humane Society,Volunteer Dogs for the Blind and The Vocational & Technical Scholarship Fund.
In addition, employees are encouraged to volunteer in their communities and have served onVolunteer Fire Departments and coached local sports teams. Most recently, through product andcash donations, Carr Hardware provided its customers with a platform to support hurricane reliefefforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
“Our community supports us, and we support them. We saw that come full circle with our hurricanerelief efforts in Houston earlier this year,” said Bart Raser, co-owner of Carr Hardware. “Now, to seethe support of our customers lead to an award like this, it is humbling and even more meaningful. It’snice to know we live in a community that appreciates the value and impact of independent smallbusinesses. Shopping local is part of our culture; it’s how we build community.”
About Carr Hardware:
Carr Hardware & Supply Company, Inc. was founded in 1928 by Sam Carr. In 1962, the Raser familypurchased the business and continues to operate it today. Carr Hardware’s ongoing success comesdirectly from our staff. Our professionals operate stores located in Pittsfield, Lee, Great Barringtonand North Adams in Massachusetts and Avon and Enfield in Connecticut.
Carr Hardware stocks over 40,000 items for all commercial, institutional, industrial, government andhomeowner needs. We have an extensive retail hardware selection, plus over 350 equipment, partyand amusement rental options.
More information is available at www.carrhardware.com
About Independent We Stand:
Independent We Stand is a nationwide movement of independent small business owners whosemission is to inspire other small business owners to better understand and celebrate their locallyownedstatus while educating consumers about the importance and strong economic benefits ofsupporting them.
More information is available at www.IndependentWeStand.org