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E.C. Barton & Co. Gets Big Man at Top
A Barton’s store on Browns Lane in Jonesboro. The building materials chain has a new CEO, Steven Brimner (inset).

Steven H. Brimner, who stands 6-foot-7 and played college basketball in Montana, has been learning a new playbook since Jan. 1 as the new president and CEO of E.C. Barton & Co., the 102-store building materials chain based in Jonesboro. He also has some big sneakers to fill.
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