DAWSON, Ga. -- Short and Paulk Supply Co. of Tifton has acquired Laing Hardware in Dawson, according to Jay Short, president and CEO of Short and Paulk.
Short said the Dawson hardware operation, previously owned by Don Laing, was purchased to extend and support the current Short and Paulk facilities.
"Dawson will be a great addition and will help to better serve our customers throughout Southwest Georgia," Short said. "The Laing family has served the Dawson community for many years, and we hope to continue to carry on their tradition by being actively involved in the community."
According to Short, the former Laing hardware facility will be closed for about three weeks to remodel and re-merchandise the location before reopening as a Short and Paulk store, "hopefully" in March.
"When completed, customers will see an updated interior featuring a full-service hardware and building products center," Short said. "(The store will) feature a full-line lumberyard, a millwork showroom, windows, doors, moulding and hardware available for special order."
Short said all four current employees of Laing Hardware were rehired and will continue to work at the Short and Paulk store, with an additional three or four workers from the community expected to be hired within a year. The Dawson Short and Paulk will be managed by Betsy Hodges, who will begin in that capacity Monday.
In addition to the Dawson location, Short and Paulk operates lumberyards in Tifton, Sylvester and Albany, as well as two Tifton-based manufacturing plants. According to Short, the plants deliver products to work sites all over south Georgia. The company also wholesales trusses and engineered lumber to other lumberyards in Georgia.
Short and Paulk was established in 1941 by J.P. Short III and his uncle, H.M. Paulk. According to Short, his family gained sole ownership in 1963 and is now among the oldest merchants in Tifton.