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Website  Menards.com
Founder  John Menard Jr.
Type  Privately held company
Number of locations  305
Number of employees  45,000
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Industry  Retail (Home Improvement)
Key people  John Menard Jr. (President) Scott Collette (Chief Operating Officer) Charlie Menard (General Manager Distribution, Manufacturing, and Logistics) Gaylen Heckman(Operations Manager) Russ Radtke (Chief Merchant)
Products  Building materials, tools, hardware, garden supplies, electrical supplies, ceiling fans, light fixtures, cabinets, home appliances, doors, windows, paint, wood stain, wallpaper, plumbing supplies, carpet, vinyl, linoleum, groceries, automotive
Headquarters  Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
Revenue  8.7 billion USD (Dec 2015)
Founded  1960, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States

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Menards Inc. is a chain of home improvement centers primarily in the Midwestern United States.


The privately held company, headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has approximately 300 stores in 14 states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Kentucky. It is the third largest home improvement chain in the United States, behind The Home Depot and Lowe's.

Company history

In 1959, John Menard, Jr. began building post-frame buildings to finance his college education. By the end of 1959, Menard found it necessary to hire extra crews, and to purchase more equipment to keep up with demand. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire in 1962, Menard purchased land in Eau Claire and built an office and shop. The company was founded in 1960 and incorporated in 1962.

In 2007, Menards opened their third and fourth distribution centers in Holiday City, Ohio, and Shelby, Iowa, which are 669,000 square feet (62,200 m2) and 735,000 square feet (68,300 m2), respectively.

Store structure

In 2007, the 240,000 sq ft (22,000 m2) and larger Menards stores began selling groceries.


Menards utilizes weekly print ads, while also utilizing TV and radio ads.Radio and TV ads are sometimes accompanied with banjo music played by Gary Shaw of Wisconsin. Ray Szmanda was the "Menards Guy" who used the slogan "Save big money at Menards" regularly on television advertisements from 1976 to 1998, and occasionally since 1999.

Auto racing

Menards has supported several racing drivers, including Paul Menard, John Menard's son; Robby Gordon; P. J. Jones; Brandon Jones; and Matt Crafton. and partially Simon Pagenaud. Menards has also become the title sponsor of races in the Xfinity Series and ARCA Racing Series.

Industry ranking

In 2016, Menard, Inc., was ranked 37th on Forbes’ list of "America's Largest Private Companies", with an estimated revenue of USD$8.7 billion. In that same year, Menard was ranked 45th on the National Retail Federation's list of "100 Top Retailers".


Menards has been involved in a number of incidents concerning environmental regulations with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and several state department equivalents, including:

  • The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has cited Menards at least 13 times since 1976 for ignoring or violating state regulations related to air and water pollution and hazardous waste.
  • In 1994, Wisconsin obtained a civil judgment against Menards for the unlicensed transportation and disposal of ash produced by incinerating "CCA"-treated lumber. Wood treated with CCA contains chromium, copper, and arsenic – both chromium VI and arsenic are categorized by the US EPA as carcinogens. It is considered hazardous waste and requires proper disposal in a licensed landfill. The company was fined $160,000.
  • In 1997, John Menard was found using his personal pickup truck to haul plastic bags of chromium and arsenic-laden wood ash to his home for disposal with his household trash. Menard pleaded no contest to felony and misdemeanor charges involving records violations, unlawful transportation, and improper disposal of hazardous waste. Menard and his company were fined $1.7 million for 21 violations.
  • In 2003, the Minnesota attorney general charged that Menards manufactured and sold arsenic-tainted mulch in packaging labeled “ideal for playgrounds and for animal bedding.” Warning labels from the CCA-treated wood were found in the mulch. The EPA recommends that CCA-treated wood not be converted into mulch. As of 2008 the case was still pending.
  • In 2005, Menards agreed to a $2 million fine after Wisconsin DNR officials found a floor drain in a company shop that they believed was used to dump paint, solvents, oil and other waste into a lagoon that fed into a tributary of the Chippewa River. The sanction broke the previous record fine of $1.7 million set by Menard in 1997.
  • In 2006, the construction of a $112 million warehouse became a campaign issue in the Wisconsin governor’s race. The warehouse was to be erected by filling in a 0.6-acre (0.24 ha) bean field the state DNR considered a seasonal wetland used by migrating tundra swans. Menards offered to build a wetland more than twice its size as a replacement, but was rejected by Scott Humrickhouse, a DNR regional director. Humrickhouse said that solution could be used “only when every alternative for saving the original wetland was exhausted.” The increasingly heated dispute got considerable media coverage, with a DNR warden calling Menards’ general counsel a “legal bitch” and the company threatening to move jobs out of Wisconsin. Tempers seemed to cool after Gov. Jim Doyle arranged $4.2 million in state aid to help the company expand its Eau Claire manufacturing headquarters. Menard had previously contributed $20,000 to Doyle’s campaign.
  • In 2006, the EPA issued an administrative order against Menards for damaging a stream in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that ran through its property by placing a 66-inch storm sewer pipe on the stream for 1,350 linear feet and filling over top soil.
  • In 2011, Menards agreed to a settlement of $30,000 for violating state laws against hazardous waste disposal. In 2007 herbicide was dumped into the ground on a parking island from a pallet that had been allowed to freeze in the winter.
  • References

    Menards Wikipedia