Woodcraft Supply Hires New Magazine Editor
Jim Harrold named editor-in chief of Woodcraft Magazine
July 05, 2007 // Franchising.com // PARKERSBURG, WV – Woodcraft Supply, LLC announced today it has hired Jim Harrold, one of the woodworking industry's most experienced editors, to become editor-in-chief of Woodcraft Magazine.
Jeff Forbes, President of the Parkersburg-based national retailer, said, "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jim Harrold to the Woodcraft family. He is one of the most respected journalists in our industry, and we look forward to his leadership in making Woodcraft Magazine even more appealing and useful to woodworkers everywhere."
According to Forbes, Woodcraft Magazine is aimed at woodworkers of all skill levels and is published six times a year. Woodcraft Supply, LLC is the woodworking industry's leading retailer of top quality supplies, materials, tools and education.
After completing an M.A. in English at the University of Iowa, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Wichita State University, Harrold joined Meredith Corporation in 1980 where he worked on a series of step-by-step Better Homes & Gardens books. In 1984, he became the editor of two newsstand publications, Home Plan Ideas and Do-It-Yourself. At this point, his boss Larry Clayton began working on a concept for a woodworking magazine named WOOD and involved Harrold in planning discussions. In 1987, Harrold was brought over to serve as the managing editor of Weekend Woodworking Projects, a spin off subscription publication that he took from 30,000 subscribers to 210,000.
In 1990, Jim moved over to WOOD Magazine to serve as its managing editor. Here, he edited copy, worked up production schedules, wrote stories and the magazine's covers while managing a staff of writers. He was named executive editor in 2001 where he worked until being hired by Woodcraft.
Jody Garrett, Woodcraft's Vice President of Marketing and Merchandizing, added, "Jim wants to build a solid woodworking publication that creates buzz and captures the attention of the woodworker and we are all thrilled to be working with him."
Garrett continued, "As a skilled woodworker himself, Jim understands what projects interest woodworkers. He also has indicated his desire to continually check with readers on what they want in terms of content for the magazine."
Forbes concluded, "Our philosophy at Woodcraft has always been to recruit the most talented people to our employee family, and we know we have one of the best in Jim Harrold."
For additional information, contact Bryan Brown at (304) 546-5500, or visit the website at www.woodcraft.com.
Woodcraft Supply, LLC. annually distributes more than three million catalogs featuring over 8,000 items to all 50 states and 111 foreign countries. Woodcraft is the industry leader in providing a wide variety of top quality products, educational opportunities and one-on-one guidance to woodworkers at all skill levels. The company sells products through direct-mail catalogs, an on-line web site store (located at www.woodcraft.com) and at more than 80 retail stores located nationwide. For more information on Woodcraft, please contact the store nearest you, visit www.woodcraft.com or call (800) 535-4482.
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