Hamilton Building Supply veteran associate celebrates 40 years with company

HAMILTON, N.J. —  Hamilton Building Supply has recognized longtime associate Joe Hendershot for celebrating his 40th anniversary with the company this May. Hendershot began his career in the lumber and building material industry with Hamilton Building Supply at the age of 18 and has been with the company ever since.

“Joe Hendershot has been a fixture at our company for the last 40 years,” said John Perna, president, and co-owner of Hamilton Building Supply. “He’s a guy that’s done just about everything you could do within our company—he’s loaded trucks, stocked shelves, purchased inventory, fixed power tools and sold some of our biggest projects to our best customers,” Perna said.

Hendershot started his career at the company on work co-op program with Trenton High School back in 1981. His first job was working in the lumber yard and he soon showed interest to working inside the store, supporting inventory purchasing and receiving. Before long, he was promoted to the store counter and has held a sales associate role for over 30 years.

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Hamilton Building Supply has recognized longtime associate Joe Hendershot for celebrating his 40th anniversary with the company this May.

“Hendershot has developed deep experience within the lumber and building material industry and is a consummate pro,” the company announced in a press release. “He works with contractor and homeowner customers daily to understand their projects, assist them in their needs, and ensure they’re getting the right products and services to keep their projects moving forward. Through the years, Hendershot has seen building trends and products evolve, but what has remained constant is his consistent attention to customer service and commitment to the Hamilton Building Supply organization.”

“You can set your watch to Joe’s work schedule,” said Perna. “Joe opens the store every morning, he gets in his station at the sales counter and he’s all business. On top of that, he genuinely cares about all of our people, our customers and our company. I can’t envision Hamilton Building Supply without Joe. It’s his attitude and demeanor that helps make our organization special and we can’t thank him enough for his 40 years of service and the many years ahead. Many companies in many industries would be proud to have an associate like Joe Hendershot working for them. An individual’s commitment to tenure and service for 40 years or more at one company is rare these days and Hamilton Building Supply is grateful to have an associate like Joe Hendershot rooted in its foundation.”

Hamilton Building Supply is an independent dealer of residential and commercial building materials. The company was founded in 1924 in Hamilton, New Jersey and since then has supported its customer base throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The company is a co-operative member of Lumbermen’s Merchandising Corporation and the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association. Earlier this year, the company was named a 2021 LBM Journal Dealer of the Year.

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