Ace Hardware Honors 2018 Vendors of the Year
8 companies recognized for helping advance the company’s long-term growth strategy
Ace Hardware is proud to announce its 2018 Vendor of the Year honorees. This year, 8 vendor partners were recognized for showing demonstrative and measurable efforts to help Ace invest in the brand, fulfill its helpful promise, enrich its merchandising assortment and support its business-to-business efforts – all key pillars of 20/20 Vision, the company’s long-term growth strategy.
“Helping our local retailers differentiate through service, convenience and quality is our primary focus,” said Brian Wiborg, Vice President of Merchandising for Ace Hardware Corporation. “Our vendor partners are at the center of this differentiation, and this year’s group of honorees went above and beyond by delivering record breaking double digit growth, providing exclusive products, investing in incremental marketing, and delivering exceptional service levels.”
The following companies were recognized for outstanding service in various product categories during a ceremony at the 2019 Ace Hardware Spring Convention in Orlando:
• Reliance Worldwide (Sharkbite Pipe Fittings)
• Perfect Aire (Air Conditioners/Dehumidifiers)
• Barenbrug (Grass Seed)
• Teknor Apex (Garden Hose)
• Scotts Miracle Gro (Lawn and Garden Chemicals)
• Weber (BBQ)
• Traeger (BBQ)
During the ceremony, Ace also recognized Apex Tools as the Ace Foundation Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Vendor of the Year award in recognition of its donations and sponsorship of the Ace Hardware Foundation and CMN events.
Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with more than 5,200 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 1924, Ace has become a part of local communities around the world and known as the place with the helpful hardware folks. For more information, visit acehardware.com or newsroom.acehardware.com