TWP LAKE. – It’s been 50 years since Howard R. Miller Sr. and his sons decided to get into the hardware business.
This Saturday, the company — Hartville Hardware and Wood — marks the anniversary.
The company that started in a 5,000 square foot building is now recognized as the largest independent hardware store in the country. It has been located in a 305,000 square foot building at 1315 Edison St. NW for 10 years.
Scott Sommers, president of Hartville Hardware & Lumber, said this weekend’s anniversary will be about showing gratitude to the community.
The company invites the public to join in the celebration. Birthday sales, free concessions, family entertainment, giveaways and vendor demonstrations will be part of the effort.
The store is a key part of HRM Enterprises, a family business that operates Hartville Marketplace, Hartville Kitchen and other businesses on the Edison Street NW campus.
The company’s history dates back to 1939 when Sol Miller opened a cattle auction in Hartville. The business grew and his son Harvard R. Miller Sr. took over in 1958 after Sol’s death.
In 1972, the elder Miller asked his son to buy and manage Lake Value and Service. Another company called Hartville Hardware operated in the community, so the Millers called the operation True Value Hardware.
Howard R. Miller Jr. and his brother, Wayne, who started working at the store after school, opened a 22,000 square foot store on West Maple Street two years later. Community members help the Millers move on Christmas Eve 1974, loading vans, flatbeds and even horse-drawn carts to move equipment to the new site.
In 1993, the company grew again with the purchase of a local sawmill company. In 2002, the store ended its affiliation with True Value and became Hartville Hardware & Lumber.
Sommers said the store is looking forward to connecting with customers this Saturday. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday’s event will be the first, a company spokeswoman said. There are plans to plan additional anniversary celebrations later this year.
A Korean company settles in Lake
A Korean company specializing in coating equipment and service has leased space in Lake Township.
PlasCell Ohio, which is affiliated with J&L Tech, leased half of a building at 9067 Pleasantwood Ave. NW, of Putman Properties. The company is moving here to supply services and products to General Motors’ electric battery plant near Lordstown.
J&L formed in 1997 and has developed a number of processes for applying coatings and films to various products.
The company has leased 24,000 square feet at the Pleasantwood Avenue NW sites. Putman Properties said the remaining 24,000 square feet are leased by Sarchione Auto Group.
KeyBank competition aims to help women-owned businesses
Women-owned businesses have until the end of July to enter a business pitch competition that offers a top prize of $10,000.
There are opportunities for start-ups and existing businesses, with cash prizes totaling $22,000. The grand prize winner will win $10,000. Businesses from Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties can enter.
Key4Women, a KeyBank program and the SCORE chapter in Cleveland are sponsoring the competition, which will take place Oct. 4 at Cuyahoga Community College.
SCORE will select 10 finalists from applicants in Northeast Ohio. The finalists will present a 4-minute pitch and questions from the field. The final awards will be chosen by a panel of five judges, which will include three local women business owners and two KeyBank bankers.
The winners will be selected based on the quality of the presentation, the clarity of the company’s vision and mission, the economic impact of the idea and the merits of the proposal.
Timken designs and supplies bearings for GE’s renewable wind turbines
Wind turbines developed by General Electric will be equipped with bearings designed by Timken Co.
The bearings will be used in GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X, Timken said in a press release. The turbine will have a capacity of 14 megawatts. The company will begin installing Haliade-X units in 2023.
Timken worked with GE to supply bearings for Haliade 1, which had a capacity of 6 megawatts and is being used in an offshore wind farm off the coast of France. Timken hit record wind energy sales in 2021 and the company said it was positioned for continued success in the years to come.