Aubuchon Hardware to celebrate its 100th anniversary

ELIZABETHTOWN In 2008, Aubuchon Hardware will be celebrating its 100 anniversary in business. In today's ever-changing economic times where business can be thriving one year and gone the next, this is truly an extraordinary accomplishment. During the past 100 years, Aubuchon Hardware has grown from humble beginnings into one of the region's largest hardware chains. The company was founded by William E. Aubuchon, Sr., who came to the United States from Canada in 1900 at the age of 15. Speaking no English and armed with only a 5th grade education, he established the original Aubuchon store in Fitchburg, Mass. in 1908 through simple hard work and perseverance. One hundred years later, there are over 130 Aubuchon Hardware Stores located throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, employing over 1,100 people. And with more than 20 Aubuchon family members, including those from the fourth generation, currently working for the organization, it continues its proud tradition of being a family-owned and operated enterprise. Along with providing the highest quality products, service and applied expertise, the key to the company's success has always been, and continues to be, its dedication to the communities in which its stores are located. Whether through its annual "Community Appreciation Day" or some similar celebration, each and every store is committed to two basic business tenets: always giving something back to the community which it serves, and, treating its customers as valued friends. In the months ahead, the company will be commemorating this extraordinary business milestone in a variety of ways. These will include: Special community celebrations to be held at each of the individual store locations over the course of the year 2008. Regional events to be held at amusement parks and minor league sporting venues and other large crowd-attend events across New England and New York during the winter, spring, summer and fall of 2008. A spectacular, 2-day music event and anniversary celebration for both employees and customers to be held at Wachusett Mountain in September 2008. A commemorative book celebrating the company's first 100 years that will be available for sale at every Aubuchon Hardware location. The funding and establishment of the "Aubuchon Hardware Foundation" which will provide grants to worthy organizations and causes at both the community and regional levels where Aubuchon Hardware conducts business. It promises to be a very exciting time for Aubuchon Hardware - please be sure to drop in to your local neighborhood store and congratulate them on this remarkable achievement. For more information about Aubuchon Hardware, and to learn about some of the special product promotions going on this week and throughout the upcoming months, please visit their web site - www.HardwareStore.com .

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