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Ace Hardware receives industry award for excellence in private label holiday lighting

Ace Hardware is pleased to announce that its private label brand, Celebrations, has been named a 2016 award winner by the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA).

Celebrations Platinum LED Holiday Lights won the PLMA’s Salute to Excellence award for the Home and Seasonal Category. Nominations were judged based on overall concept, innovation, presentation and value.

The Celebrations line is one of seven private label brands at Ace Hardware; Ace puts its own stamp of approval on over 10,000 different private label products. Ace’s recognition from PLMA is the result of a packaging refresh for the Celebrations holiday line. The rebranding initiative centered on making packaging as informative as possible with consumer-friendly bullet points, icons and updated imagery to help customers understand the upgraded features and benefits.

“The Ace team is honored to be recognized by the Private Label Manufacturers Assocation for our Celebrations Platinum LED Holiday Lights,” said Cynthia Brasic, global private label manager, Ace Hardware Corporation. “We’re thrilled that our rebranding efforts have caught the attention of the industry, and most importantly, we look forward to delighting shoppers in Ace stores this holiday season.”

Nominations for PLMA's annual Salute to Excellence Awards are made by retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, brokers and trade suppliers. Products are divided into Food & Drink Awards and Home & Health Awards and then subdivided by category of product. Products must have been introduced into the marketplace within the preceding 12 months.

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About Ace Hardware

For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2016, Ace ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Ten Years in a Row," according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,900 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.