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.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

More

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:41

This Day in Juneau History: Jan. 22, 1987

On Jan. 22, 1987, Gov. Steve Cowper prepared to discuss the final part of his fiscal plan: budget cuts. The total amount suggested to be cut by his temporary cabinet was $300 million, which tore funding from a variety of different programs. However, although what propositions Cowper accepted were still a mystery, Press Secretary David Ramseur confirmed that the cuts he did accept totaled at about $200 million. Cowper was to give a speech directly to the Alaska Legislature discussing the specifics of his recommended cuts.

Read more
Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:40

Fire calls for Jan. 22, 2017

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. Anyone with information about a crime can report a tip anonymously to juneaucrimeline.com.

Read more
Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:40

Man caught with 3 pounds of meth on Southeast Alaska-bound ferry sentenced to 20 months

A 21-year-old man who was caught transporting three pounds of methamphetamine — reportedly the largest seizure in Southeast Alaska in at least 10 years— on the ferry between Bellingham and Ketchikan last May was “a patsy, plan and simple,” his defense attorney argued.

Read more

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING