Building supply co. nails community service

“Community involvement isn't something I really have think about nor do I believe my coworkers think about it either,” said Bruce Abel, the owner of Don Abel Building Supplies. “It’s just part of who we are.”

That giving personal trait was recognized Feb. 9 at the 108th annual Western Building Materials Association convention banquet. Abel accepted the annual award on behalf of his company. The recognition was for “outstanding building materials dealer for Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska,” according to an event release.

The award honors one dealer annually.

In his acceptance speech, Abel said he was “privileged to work with an outstanding group of Juneauites who understand the importance of helping our neighbors solve problems big and small, build their dreams and contribute to our community,” according to the release.

Though the award was presented to a business, Abel said the community service comes from a deeper level than the building supply store.

“I get involved with volunteering in organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement because I'm interested and I believe they help Juneau be a better place to live,” he stated in an email. “Plus, I really enjoy doing it. I think if you asked my coworkers, they would say the same thing, whether it's helping their church, ringing the bells at Christmas or donating to a great cause like helping (Staff) Sgt. McRae and his family. Don Abel's is a great place to work and we employ great people.”

Abel is humble about the positive effects of being a business known for giving back.

“It's flattering to be honored for our involvement but honestly, we're just doing our part,” Abel said.

Bruce’s father Don opened the first of his supply stores in 1936. Bruce took ownership in 2005.

For more information, contact Don Abel at 789-2155.

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