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Commercial | THE HILLMAN GROUP Hillman specializes »Thefasteners, Groupand other in keys hardware products. Keys to Prosperity THE HILLMAN GROUP REIGNS OVER ITS COMPETITORS IN DELIVERY SERVICES. BY ALAN DORICH O ne of the most important things a business can do is provide its employees with support. The Hillman Group focuses on empowering employees to do their jobs, Senior Vice President of Operations Rob Lackman says. “The leadership team here makes good decisions for the employees and the health of the company,” he declares. “I think that’s critical [for] a good organization to operate from the bottom up.” Based in Cincinnati, Hillman Group specializes in distributing fasteners, keys, letters, numbers, signs and other hardware products to retailers such as Walmart, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears and independent hardware stores. Founder Max (Mick) Hillman Sr. started Hillman Group out of his garage in 1964, Lackman says. Since then, the company has evolved into a $565 million business that steadily grew through acquisitions. Most recently, Lackman 136 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 says, the firm purchased OOK, a Miami-based firm that distributed picture hangers. OOK has strong brand recognition, which is critical to The Hillman Group. “We can comingle it with the products that we have so we’re more in a position to be a one-stop shop,” Lackman says. “If there’s a competitor out there that fits in our market space, a strategic acqui- The Hillman Group • 2012 sales: $565 million • Headquarters: Cincinnati • Employees: 2,000 • Products: Hardware products “The leadership team here makes good decisions for the employees and the health of the company.” -Rob Lackman, senior vice president of operations sition would be reviewed.” Today, in Cincinnati, Hillman Group has its headquarters and a distribution center that is “really our mother ship,” Lackman says. “It does over half [our] business in the United States.” In addition, the firm has locations throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico and a new distribution center in Melbourne, Australia. “That’s a whole new market for us,” Lackman states. Employee Focused Lackman is a returning veteran of The Hillman Group. Previously, he worked for the company from 1988 to 1995. Before returning in 2010, Lackman served as the executive vice president of the purchasing and supply chain of Duro Bag Manufacturing. He also worked as the vice president of purchasing and supply chain at Broder Bros. Co., and as the director of procurement, global importing and supply chain of xpedx. http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
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