Menards

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Menards
TypePrivate company
IndustryRetail (Home Improvement)
Founded1960
HeadquartersEau Claire, Wisconsin
Key peopleJohn Menard, Jr. (President)
Scott Collette (Chief Operating Officer)
Charlie Menard (General Manager Distribution, Manufacturing and Logistics)
Gaylen Heckman (Operations Manager)
ProductsBuilding materials, tools, hardware, garden supplies, electrical supplies, ceiling fans, light fixtures, cabinets, home appliances, doors, windows, paint, wood stain, wallpaper, plumbing supplies, carpet, vinyl, linoleum, groceries, automotive
Revenue$8 billion (2007)(estimated)
Employees45,000
WebsiteMenards.com
 
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Menards
TypePrivate company
IndustryRetail (Home Improvement)
Founded1960
HeadquartersEau Claire, Wisconsin
Key peopleJohn Menard, Jr. (President)
Scott Collette (Chief Operating Officer)
Charlie Menard (General Manager Distribution, Manufacturing and Logistics)
Gaylen Heckman (Operations Manager)
ProductsBuilding materials, tools, hardware, garden supplies, electrical supplies, ceiling fans, light fixtures, cabinets, home appliances, doors, windows, paint, wood stain, wallpaper, plumbing supplies, carpet, vinyl, linoleum, groceries, automotive
Revenue$8 billion (2007)(estimated)
Employees45,000
WebsiteMenards.com

Menards is a chain of home-improvement centers in the Midwestern United States.

The privately held company, headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has approximately 285 stores in 14 states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Kentucky.

Company history[edit]

In 1959, John Menard, Jr. began building post-frame buildings to finance his college education. By the end of 1959, Menard found it necessary to hire extra crews, and to purchase more equipment to keep up with demand. After graduating from college in 1962, Menard purchased land in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and built an office and shop. The company was founded at this time in 1962.

Because post-frame building customers often inquired about the possibility of purchasing lumber and other products, Menard opened the first Menards Cashway Lumber.

In 1969, Menard began adding manufacturing plants at the Eau Claire site. These plants included facilities for making trusses, treated lumber, boards, pre-hung doors, steel and nails. A distribution center was also added.

In 1972, Menard opened his first hardware store.

On July 15, 1980, Menards' headquarters in Eau Claire was seriously damaged by the severe weather of the Western Wisconsin Derecho.

In 1994, Menards sold the post-frame building division.

In 1998, Menards opened a second distribution center in Plano, Illinois.

In 2005, Menards created an eCommerce website called Menards Online Collections. All eCommerce for the company is now handled by the Menards.com website.

In 2007, Menards opened their third and fourth distribution centers in Holiday City, Ohio, and Shelby, Iowa, which are 669,000 square feet (62,200 m2) and 735,000 square feet (68,300 m2), respectively.[1]

Family-run business[edit]

John Menard Jr.'s brother, Larry, served as Menards’ Operations Manager for 40 years. Larry retired on March 31, 2009. Larry's son, Charlie, served as the COO until October 2007 when he became Manager of the Eau Claire Distribution center. John Menard, III ("J.R." Menard), is the Corporate Treasurer.

Store structure[edit]

Exterior of the Menards store in Ankeny, Iowa. An example of the older exterior.

All Menards stores share a common structure. Each store is primarily divided by departments: building materials, hardware, electrical, millwork, wall coverings, plumbing and housewares, floor coverings, cabinets and appliances, and groceries. Other areas of the store include the front end (cashiers, office functions, carry outs) and the receiving crew (responsible for the lumber yard, shipments between the store and the distribution centers, and other delivery and merchandise logistics). In a typical store there is a store manager, two assistant managers, a department manager and one or two assistant managers for each department, and sales floor staff.

Menards stores are divided into categories based on store size and product range. These categories range from P1 (prototype size 1) to P5 (prototype size 5), Hardware Plus (smaller than a P1 with fewer building materials item selections) and non-prototype (usually stores that have moved into pre-existing locations or locations where large prototype stores will not fit, such as the two-story stores).

In 2007, the 240,000 sq ft (22,000 m2) and larger Menards stores began selling groceries.[2]

In March 2005, the company opened the first two-story, 300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2) Menards megastore in St. Paul, Minnesota. It followed in November 2006 with another two-story store in Hodgkins, Illinois. In March 2009, Menards opened its flagship megastore in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. The largest Menards in the United States, it has two glass elevators, two massive industrial escalators, and a snack shop.

Brands[edit]

Brands sold by Menards include:

  • Pittsburgh Paints
  • Conco Paints
  • Dutch Boy Paint
  • Schrock Masterbrand, Medallion Elkay, and Kitchen Kompact (cabinets)
  • Mastercraft (interior/exterior doors) (exclusive)
  • Masterforce (Tools) (exclusive)
  • Acoustic Ceiling Products
  • Patriot Lighting
  • Smart Electrician
  • Kidde "Life Saver" line
  • Quantus Lighting
  • Performax
  • North Tech
  • Guidesman
  • Shell Rock Products
  • Stanley Works (tools)
  • Xtreme Garage
  • Tool Shop {exclusive}
  • Tarkett
  • FlorCraft
  • Grosfillex
  • Master Paws
  • Backyard Creations
  • Storage Shop
  • Classic Decor
  • Pumpkin Hollow
  • Resolution
  • Plumb Works
  • Crestline and Peachtree, Jeld-Wen (windows)
  • Turn of the Century (Ceiling Fans)
  • Tru-Bolt (exclusive)
  • Enchanted Garden
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Tuscany (Faucets)
  • Moen (Faucets)
  • MTD products
  • Perfect Shutters
  • Ultradeck (composite decking)
  • Homax Spray Textures
  • Focal Point
  • Sunforce Products
  • GreenEBoard
  • Grabber Fasteners

Menards' special orders are available at their brick and mortar locations and at their website.

Advertising[edit]

For many years, Menards' television commercials featured free-lance announcer Ray Szmanda, who became a cult figure as "the Menards Guy." In the late 1990s, a young, hands-on woman temporarily took the role in Szmanda's absence. Recent commercials feature Bo Landry, although, a cartoon version of "the Menards Guy" still appears in Menards' print ads and in some in-store signs. The commercials end with the well-known jingle, "Save big money at Menards." During the Christmas shopping season the jingle changes to "Warm seasons greetings to you all from Menards!" as well as Spanish language commercials ending with "Guarda mucho dinero en Menards!"

Menards commercials are accompanied with banjo music played by Gary Shaw of Wisconsin.[citation needed] In reference to creating the musical piece, Shaw said, "I just started playing on it and they said, 'That's perfect; that's exactly what we need.' Took me a half an hour. I got $50 for a one-time fee, and I've had to listen to that commercial every day for 20 years." Spanish commercials are accompanied with a mariachi mix of the banjo accompaniment.

Industry ranking[edit]

In 2012, Menard, Inc., was ranked 46th on Forbes’ list of "America's Largest Private Companies", with an estimated revenue of USD$7.6 billion.[3] The company is believed to be the third largest (by sales) home improvement company in the United States, behind The Home Depot and Lowe's.

Menards store in West Lafayette, Indiana

Racing interests[edit]

Founder John Menard, Jr. is active in auto racing. He started Team Menard, which raced at the Indy 500. Menards also sponsors drivers in other leagues. It has had its best success with its Team Menards Indy 500 efforts in 1994, 1995, and 1996. In 2004 it affiliated with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. Since then, most of Earnhardt's Busch Series wins have been in Menards-liveried cars. Following Earnhardt's move to Hendrick Motorsports, the Menards logo is now mainly found on the #27 Richard Childress Racing car of Paul Menard, John Jr.'s son. Menard previously drove for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., from 2004 to 2008 and Richard Petty Motorsports from 2009 to 2010.

Controversy[edit]

Menards has been involved in a number of incidents concerning environmental regulations, including:

Other Allegations

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Menards is building centers in Iowa, Ohio instead of Eau Claire". La Crosse Tribune. 
  2. ^ Doris Hajewski (April 13, 2007). "Got milk at Menards?". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  3. ^ "America's Largest Private Companies". Forbes.com. 11-09-06. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Big Money - Features". Milwaukee Magazine. April 30, 2007. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Menards Faces EPA Administrative Order For Damaging South Dakota Stream". EPA. 2006-03-08. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.ibj.com/suit-menard-pressured-tomisue-for-sexual-favors/PARAMS/article/41944

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