House-Hasson Hardware is launching a major expansion of one of its two product warehouses.
Construction is taking place on a 50,000 square-foot addition to House-Hasson’s Prichard, W.Va., warehouse, which will take it to 300,000 square-feet of product storage space. When the project is completed, House-Hasson will have nearly 800,000 square-feet of combined warehouse space in Prichard and at the corporate headquarters warehouse in Knoxville, Tenn. The company expects the project will take six months to complete.
“Business is good; we’ve run out of room in Prichard,” said Don Hasson, president of House-Hasson Hardware. “Our dealers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia are doing very well and we’re adding new dealers all the time.”
He said West Virginia’s economy is improving after being hit hard with the coal industry downturn.
“Hardware sales are an excellent barometer of economic conditions,” Hasson said. “When people and businesses are feeling optimistic and doing better economically local hardware stores are one of the first places to see the improvements.”
Ten new employees will be added to Prichard’s 106-member staff.
“We anticipate the expanded warehouse will meet the increased demand now and in the foreseeable future, but if we find that we need to grow again, that’s a good problem to have,” Hasson said.
House-Hasson acquired the warehouse in 2010, and spent $2 million on a 100,000 square-foot addition completed in 2011.
House-Hasson Hardware, a 111-year-old family-owned company serves 2,500 dealers in 22 states and the Caribbean Basin.