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Paladin Clients Honored as Stihl All-Stars

May 26, 2023


A pair of Paladin client stores was recently honored as 2023 Stihl All-Star stores in the May edition of HBS Dealer.

Hilltop Hardware and Lumber in Idabel, Oklahoma, is one of two stores owned by Dwight and Kelly Clardy. The second is in Broken Bow. The business began as Herron Lumberyard, a finish mill, in the 1950s. After several changes of ownership and a catastrophic fire in 2017, the Clardys purchased the business in 2020. They joined the Paladin family in 2021 and began building their business. The second location was added and in 2022, the store was honored as Industry of the Year by the Idabel Chamber of Commerce.

Image of the staff at Whetstone Home Center.Whetstone Home Center in Milbank, South Dakota, was purchased by Mike and Amy Locke in 2016 and the couple has made a lasting impact on their community. The business was largely a lumberyard when they bought it. They added the Hardware Hank brand supplied by United Hardware, chose Paladin Data Corporation as their technology provider, and successfully turned their focus on serving the residents of a good chunk of northeastern South Dakota. Their customers have responded by making the store the winner of the Valspar Paint Race, a paint sales contest, for two consecutive years.

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