R.P. Johnson & Son Announces 110-Year Anniversary and We Build it Forward Community-Building Celebration

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Building Supply Company Invites Citizens to Help Rejuvenate Towns and volunteer to help the needy. They are also announcing their We Build it Forward outreach event to raise money for local food banks, youth programs and Habitat for Humanity.


R.P. Johnson & Son annoucning 110 year anniversary and the We Build it Forward Outreach Event

"My grandfathers were community focused from the first day of our founding, and this We Build it Forward day of giving is just another great way for us to bring the community together, help those in need and boost morale during tough economic times."

In celebration of the company's 110-year anniversary and four generations of service to the community, R.P. Johnson & Son, Inc., a building supply company, announced a customer appreciation day on May 28, 2011, and a community event called "We Build It Forward" that will take place on June 25, 2011. The customer appreciation event will be held at R.P. Johnson & Son in Andover, where the company has provided building materials to the community for more than a century. The We Build It Forward event will begin at the company’s main store in Andover. Projects will take place throughout the area towns, encompassing a variety of private and public building, repair and community service related projects.

"My grandfathers were community focused from the first day of our founding, and this is a great way, especially during these tough economic times, to not only honor their legacy in hardware and building materials, and my father's, but it's also a way to bring us all closer as a community—to find creative new ways to appreciate, serve and build up the cities and towns where we have done business with our friends for more than a century," said R.P. Johnson & Son's fourth-generation president Steve Johnson. RP Johnson & Son is known for its innovative drive-thru lumber yard, state-of-the art technology, and open book management program.

"Paying attention to what our community, employees and customers need is how we carry out the company's legacy of caring. But we know we can't do it alone," Johnson said. “We need the community to get as many people involved in these very special projects as possible to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Everyone can participate, even if it's in a small way."

R.P. Johnson & Son commits many dollars and employee hours to other community causes, including youth programs and scholastic programs—always for organizations that keep dollars in the local community. "Our customers have supported us for generations, and this is our way of giving back to them, as well as to our own employees who live in Andover and Sunapee," Johnson said.

R.P. Johnson & Son Customer Appreciation Day and Sign-Up for We Build It Forward Event
On May 28, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., members of the community are invited to visit the Andover location of R.P. Johnson & Son, where they can take tours of the drive-thru lumber yard and millwork showcase, see demonstrations, enter to win prizes, and get free popcorn and balloons for children. Prizes include free rentals, T-shirts, camp chairs, hats, tumblers and more. Coffee and donuts will be available in the morning, with hot dogs and soda during lunch time.

During the Customer Appreciation Event, members of the community also will be urged to sign up for We Build It Forward projects that take place on June 25th. Members of the community can also sign up for the event online: http://www.rpjohnsons.com/webuilditforward and http://www.webuilditforward.com Local businesses will be invited to become event affiliates and share in the events, as well as participate in the planning of the projects.

R.P. Johnson & Son We Build It Forward Community-Building Event
In honor of the R.P. Johnson & Son 110-year anniversary, the company is sponsoring a community-wide event of public building, repairing and community service related projects in the towns surrounding their Andover and Sunapee, New Hampshire, locations. Community members can sign up for the event and choose a project during the company's May 28, 2011, Customer Appreciation Event, or online at http://www.rpjohnsons.com/webuilditforward. It is also possible to create an event and register it as a part of the celebration.

On June 25, 2011, teams of people will convene at R.P. Johnson & Son’s Andover location to kick off the event, and then disperse into the community to take on projects that may take the shape of fundraisers and yard cleanups, fixing park shelters or painting an entire house. The total list of ideas will be posted on the website as it continues to grow. In addition, throughout the year, there will be hardware vendor demonstrations, in-store specials including a hang-tag charity donation program, refreshments and prizes. The company also is planning several do-it-yourself Handy-at-Home™ workshops; everyone is invited to stop by and learn from the first workshop, which will be held on Thursday, June 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. , which will be a demonstration on how to properly install a deck. R.P. Johnson & Son will also offer a new series of video workshops to help do-it-your-selfers complete successful home projects. After the event, photographs will be posted on the company website.

For more information about R.P. Johnson & Son or these two events, call 603-735-2116. To sign up for We Build It Forward projects, visit http://www.rpjohnsons.com and http://www.webuilditforward.com.

About R.P. Johnson & Son
For four generations, R.P. Johnson & Son, a New Hampshire building supply company, has provided the highest-quality building products and millwork, up-to-date facilities, latest hardware and lumber industry technology, exceptional customer service, and genuine caring about the community. At R.P. Johnson & Son, customers enjoy unique building supply services that go beyond the norm, such as a drive-thru lumber yard, 5,000 sq. ft. Millwork Showcase, Handy-at-Home™ do-it-yourself workshops, custom orders, and quality vendors, including Marvin and Benjamin Moore. RP Johnson & Son provides lumber and hardware service you can build on. Visit them at http://www.rpjohnsons.com.


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