Nate Ludwig, general manager of Dazey’s Building Center in Garberville, was named one of the independent hardware industry’s eight 2018 Young Retailer of the Year Award honorees by the North American Retail Hardware Association, according to a news release from the association.
Ludwig received the award at a banquet in Las Vegas on May 7.
“The Young Retailer of the Year program highlights the best of the best in the retailing industry. Manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers all anticipate the selection and celebration of the extraordinary accomplishments of the honorees,” Scott Wright, executive director of the Retail Leadership Institute, said in the release. “To be selected as a Young Retailer of the Year is a high honor. Nate Ludwig’s amazing story exhibits the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that will help move our industry forward.”
According to the release, Ludwig began working as the manager in 2014.
“The facility consisted of a dilapidated building in a town of 1,100 citizens that had been closed for a year,” the release stated. “The business needed a complete fresh start and an enthusiastic leader to guide it to success.”
The release states Ludwig turned business around substantially after providing items that were needed in the area.
“In the first nine months after he reopened the business to the public, his sales numbers were 300 percent higher than what they had been under the previous owner,” the release stated. “It’s not unusual to see a constant stream of 10 to 20 semi-trailers a day now making deliveries to Dazey’s Building Center.”
More recentlyly, Ludwig took on remodeling and upgrades of stores in Willow Creek and Medford, Oregon. “We’re not just here to make money,” Ludwig said in the release. “We’re giving back to our community. It’s who we are; that’s just part of our makeup. We look forward to continuing this tradition in the new communities we are expanding into.”