The Bostwick-Braun Company‘s Hardware Business Unit announced the hiring of Rob Dilts as the unit’s first-ever Director of Supply Chain. Additionally, Damian Nicholson, a 22-year company veteran, will now server as Merchandise Manager.
Dilts will oversee all the Hardware Business Unit’s supply chain functions and its two warehouse facilities.
In addition, he will identify how to best increase staff productivity and efficiency, analyze unit financial transactions, assist in contract negotiations with vendors, minimize expenses, and provide strategic planning input to senior management.
The Bostwick-Braun Company is a wholesale distributor of hardware and industrial supplies and is one of the largest and oldest in the Midwest. For more than 160 years, we have assisted stores with their supply needs, including MRO products, fasteners, cutting tools, hand tools, and value-add solutions.
All Toledo and W. Helena Purchasing, Merchandising, and Procurement personnel will report to Dilts, and he will work closely with Warehouse Operations to ensure clear communication and strategy between both locations.
Nicholson will guide the Hardware Business Unit’s product strategy by developing and leading vendor selection, directing promotional activities and managing and participating in various store resets, and merchandising and design activities with key customers.
Nicholson will also serve as the liaison between the Hardware Business Unit’s customers, field sales, and purchasing and be responsible for setting expectations with vendors, evaluating new vendors and product lines and negotiating pricing. Along with Dilts, Nicholson will monitor profitability of lines within the unit’s key categories.
“These new roles will help shape the design of our business moving forward,” said Mike Gramke, president of The Bostwick-Braun Company. “I am confident in Rob’s and Damian’s abilities to drive the changes needed for our unit’s continued business growth.”