Business partners, lifelong friends

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Carl Wisener and Bud Smith have worked together at GBS, in community projects

All too often, the world of business can become a cutthroat, competitive landscape where backroom deals and hostile buyouts rule the day.

But for H.B. “Bud” Smith and Carl Wisener, the longtime owners of General Builder’s Supply hardware store, a decades-long friendship and an uncanny mesh of skills led to success and growth, not only for them, but Madera as well.

Wisener, who was born in Madera and attended Madera High School and Fresno State University, worked for 23 years at Madera Lumber and Hardware, earning multiple promotions.

“I learned a lot in all that time,” Wisener said. “A lot of which I used in our business.” ....

 

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