LONG-SERVING Beaudesert Hardware Mitre 10 manager Clint Spence has been recognised for his hard work at a prestigious industry awards night.
Mr Spence received the Hardware Legend award at the 2019 Queensland Hardware Industry Awards, held at Rydges South Bank on Saturday night.
The award recognises people with more than 10 years' hardware experience who have made a significant contribution to improving the industry.
Mr Spence, who has worked at Beaudesert Hardware for 42 years, said he had grown up in the Scenic Rim and loved the community spirit of the area.
"A lot of my schoolmates went away to uni and got jobs elsewhere, but I was one of the lucky ones who was able to secure a position in town," he said.
Hardware is a passion for Mr Spence, who said he was fascinated by the way the industry continued to evolve.
"It's ever-changing with the technology coming through," he said.
"From electric or hand-held tools to cordless equipment, it's amazing what the technology has come up with."
He said his favourite part of the job was lending a hand to customers for all their projects, big or small.
"It doesn't matter who comes into the store. They've got a problem that needs to be fixed and that's where we come on board," he said.
"I love thinking outside the box to find out how we can fix it.
"That's the beauty of this community - if you don't think you have the resources to fix it, the businesses are all well-connected, so you can redirect customers to somewhere else in town and help out another local business."
Along with other Queensland industry members, Mr Spence attended the Casino Royale-themed awards night hosted by Hardware Australia.
He said he was surprised and honoured to be named the state's Hardware Legend and acknowledged the efforts of his dedicated staff.
"We can sell nails, we can sell hammers but the challenge is being connected with your staff and how to manage those people, because we all have different personalities," he said.
"Together, we've developed the store to a level we hope supports the community."
Beaudesert Hardware staff congratulated Mr Spence on his hard work and dedication to the store.