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Paul Straus, president of Home Hardware Stores Limited (left) and Terry Davis, CEO of Home Hardware Stores Limited (far right) celebrate co-founder Walter Hachborn's induction into the Order of the Business Hall of Fame. (CNW Group/Home Hardware Stores Limited)

Home Hardware Co-Founder Honored

Walter J. Hachborn, co-founder of Home Hardware Stores Limited, was inducted as a Companion of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Toronto earlier this week.

Established in 1979 by the Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation, the award celebrates the extraordinary lifetime achievements of Canada’s foremost business owners.

Over the course of his almost-80-year career, Hachborn dedicated his life to a vision of helping Canadians grow their businesses while maintaining individual ownership. His leadership and entrepreneurialism have had a tremendous impact on the national hardware industry and the survival of the independent home improvement retailer in Canada.

“Walter’s innovation, hard work and commitment have led him to be recognized by many as a true Canadian business legend,” says Paul Straus, president of Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Walter’s reach extends past just Home Hardware—he has influenced the Canadian hardware industry as a whole.”

The award was accepted by Straus on behalf of Hachborn.

“Our inductees are leading examples of achievement in business and in life,” says Keith Publicover, president and CEO of the Junior Achievement of Canada. “By celebrating these remarkable individuals, we will inspire young Canadians to develop the business skills that they need to become Canada’s next generation of leaders.”

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About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

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