Hardware industry recognises the best

The Hardware Association of SA recognised excellence within the industry at its Gala Awards Night, held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday November 7.

The annual awards function allows the Association to recognise the best retail stores, suppliers and staff within South Australia,” Hardware Association of SA President, Paul Stewart said. The hardware industry within South Australia is worth $2.5 billion and the Association represents 130 retailers and 68 suppliers who employ between 8,000 and 9,000 people.

Mr Stewart also said, “hardware is an integral part of the retail and building industries. While trading has been difficult over the past year, the industry is resilient and continues to offer quality services and products to the South Australian consumers.”

Adelaide Brighton Cement was also a substantial supporter on the night, as Platinum sponsor.Adelaide-Brighton-Cement

Prestigious industry awards presented
Nominations had been received from retail hardware stores from all corners of the state and metropolitan Adelaide, before the awards night was held.

“Store Person of the Year, Store Manager of the Year, Store of the Year, Trade Centre of the Year, Supplier of the Year, Supplier Representative of the Year and the Garden Centre of the Year were seven of the prestigious industry awards presented on the night,” Chair of the Awards Committee, Lyn Woodruff said.

Supporting ‘Make a Wish’
The hardware industry also supported the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ through a range of silent auctions and fund raising activities during the evening and raised $4,100.00.

“Ongoing support of this charity is a great way for the industry to contribute back to the community and ultimately our consumers. We are most appreciative of the support from the members of the industry for their support of ‘Make a Wish’, as well as sponsoring the evening,” Mrs Woodruff said.

Over the years the Hardware Association of SA has raised over $70,000 for ‘Make a Wish’.

2015 Bevan McDonald Award recipient
Lawrie Lewis was also the 2015 Bevan McDonald Award recipient. Lawrie worked for Umcos trading for 30 years from 1971 to 2001, holding positions as General Manager and Director. The company went national in 1978 and Umcos Trading were wholesalers to the Hardware Industry (Bunnings, Mitre 10 etc).

Over the last 15 years Lawrie has operated his own business and he acts as a facilitator for two companies from India and China. Over that 45 year period Lawrie has been an active member of the South Australian Hardware industry with the businesses being financial members and also a sponsor for many of the industry events.

In the mid to late 1990’s Lawrie took an active role by fulfilling a number of volunteer roles with the Hardware Association of SA.

These included:

  • Member of the HASA Executive Committee from 1998 to 2010
  • Vice President of the Association 2005 to 2010
  • Member and Chair of the Membership Committee
  • Organiser of the HASA Suppliers Forum
  • Member and Chair of the social committee responsible for activities including the Retired Members group, the HASA Golf Day and the Annual General Meeting
  • Committee member organising some of the earlier Gala Awards functions.

While in semi-retirement Lawrie is still an active member of the HASA Suppliers Forum and is also a mentor to many of the new company representatives that have passed through the forum over the past ten years.

The Hardware Association of SA would like to recognise the contribution that Lawrie Lewis has made to both the South Australian Hardware Industry and the Association over a long period of time.

Hardware Association of SA Gala Awards 2015 winners

Retail Store – Category A – Shippys’ Thrifty Link Hardware
Retail Store – Category B – Pink’s Mitre 10 Clare
Retail Store – Category C – Banner Mitre 10 – Mt Barker
Store of the Year – Pink’s Mitre 10 Clare
Garden Centre – Malvern Mitre 10
Trade Centre – Flinders Mitre 10 – Reynella
Store Person of the Year – Karen McCloy
Store Manager of the Year – Paul Beckman
Supplier – Trade – Adelaide Brighton Cement
Supplier – Hardware & Tools – ITW Proline
Supplier – Home Decorator – Cabot
Supplier – Garden & Outdoors – Brunnings
Supplier of the Year – Cabot
Supplier Representative – Trade – John Knelias
Supplier Representative – Hardware & Tools – Tim Gilbourne
Supplier Representative – Home Decorator – Maree Staehr
Supplier Representative – Garden & Outdoors – Denise Collett
Supplier Representative of the Year – Denise Collett
SA Hardware Industry Young Person of the Year – Shelby Kynoch