Press Releases

First Supply Announces Katie Poehling Seymour as Chief Executive Officer and President


First Supply has announced Katie Poehling Seymour as CEO and President. She will succeed Joe Poehling who assumes the role of Chairman Emeritus.

First Supply Announces the Retirement of Jerry Barnett


After 8 years with First Supply and 40 total years in the industry, Jerry Barnett will be retiring on July 2, 2020.

First Supply Announces the Retirement of Mike Hickok


On June 12, 2020, after 42+ years with First Supply, Mike Hickok will be taking another new adventure – retirement!

Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is something that we at First Supply, Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Stores and Kohler Signature Stores by First Supply are monitoring very closely.

First Supply Announces Allen Jaedike as Corporate HVAC Channel Manager


Allen Jaedike will have corporate leadership responsibility for First Supply’s HVAC division moving forward. Tasked with leading the department towards achieving profitable sales growth throughout the organization, he will be working alongside our local management teams to develop the best “go to market” strategies possible.

Press Release Archives

  • First Supply Announces Succession Plan for the Northern Region

    First Supply LLC has announced that Matt Klika has accepted the role of General Manager for the Northern Region, following the retirement of Ron Cherney.

  • First Supply Announces New Appointments

    First Supply has announced that Scott Boehlke has accepted the role of general manager for the newly created eastern region of the company, and Dave Lyneis has accepted the role of director of logistics and warehouse operations.

  • Gerhard’s Joins Forces with Kohler Signature Store in Edina

    First Supply is expanding its presence in Edina, Minnesota, with the addition of Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store. Both brands are solely owned and operated by First Supply. With Gerhard’s providing expertise in kitchen design combined with Kohler’s renowned plumbing prowess, customers will find the expanded Edina destination to be the perfect one-stop shopping experience for kitchen and bath projects.

  • The Passing of Ed Felten, Chairman Emeritus

    It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our Chairman Emeritus, Ed Felten at the age of 80. Having served as the First Supply President and Chairman, as well as the President of the American Supply Association in 1998, Ed was truly a legend in the industry. Even while courageously battling cancer for the past several years, Ed would never hesitate in offering his guidance when asked. He will be truly missed!

  • Gerhard’s Kitchen and Bath Stores Lower the Boom on Country Music Festival

    Country Boom, LLC is proud to announce that Gerhard’s Kitchen and Bath Stores will be the major sponsor of the Country Boom music festival that will be held from July 11 – 13, 2019 at Maple Grove Venues in West Salem, WI. Country Boom will be featuring regional and national country music artists, food and beverages, camping, and a first class facility and venue that are unique in both size and amenities.

  • Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store by First Supply to acquire Wettstein’s Lighting to keep lighting store local

    Downtown La Crosse will retain a locally owned and operated lighting store. With the announcement of Wettstein’s closure, Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store will acquire the former company’s lighting division to offer decorative lighting products at Gerhard’s current kitchen and bath store location on Cameron Avenue. The expanded store will offer trade professionals and homeowners an accessible, innovative, and convenient location for plumbing, cabinetry, tile, and lighting.