Setting the new benchmark by Donald Teuma-Castelletti

After a fire destroyed the old location of BMR – JLS Mansfield, the owners built their new facility looking to improve of many aspects. In turn, Connie Gutoskie-LaSalle and her husband, Jean-Guy LaSalle were recently recognized for their efforts, when they received the Business Beautification Award from the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce. Above, an outside look at the new building, which re-opened in late March 2017.

One business in the Pontiac has taken tragedy and found triumph – rebuilding their hardware and renovation store beyond much more than its original capacity, and earning an award for their efforts, too.
From heated floors to electronic price labels, a drive-thru warehouse and, one of the owners’ personal favourites, a sizable, attractive parking lot, the hardware store is much different than what it once was. However, it wasn’t until a fire ripped through the building that the opportunity for substantial change came along.
Now leading the region with it’s sleek, modern design, while still embracing their industry, BMR – JLS Mansfield were the proud recipients of a Business Beautification Award from the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce in February. Even if they were just a bit too busy to make it out to actual awards gala.
“We weren’t there, which is highly irregular for us because we really believe in community activism,” said Connie Gutoskie-LaSalle, who owns both the Mansfield and Bryson locations with her husband, Jean-Guy LaSalle. “But we were away at a buying show with a new supplier. We couldn’t miss that particular opportunity.”

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