Vendor of the Year

2016 Vendor of the Year

Updated March 21, 2017

Ace recognizes 10 outstanding vendors at spring convention in Atlanta

Ace Hardware is pleased to announce its annual Vendor of the Year award honorees. This year, Ace recognized 10 vendors with the esteemed award.

New this year, Ace has expanded the scope of its Vendor of the Year recognition program to align with the pillars of 20/20 Vision. Vendors were selected based on their demonstrative and measurable efforts to help Ace invest in the brand, fulfill its helpful promise, enrich its merchandising assortment and support its B2B efforts through The Supply Place.

In addition, Ace identified vendors who have delivered exceptional service to its subsidiaries, Ace Retail Holdings (Westlake Ace Hardware), Ace International Holdings and Ace Wholesale Holdings (Emery Jensen Distribution). As in previous years, Ace has continued its tradition of also recognizing a vendor who delivered outstanding sustainability efforts, and also a vendor whose generosity helped advance the work of the Ace Hardware Foundation.

“We are privileged to work with such an outstanding community of vendors who bring unparalleled discipline and execution to the Ace team,” said Frank Carroll, Vice President of Merchandising, Ace Hardware Corporation. “This year’s Vendor of the Year honorees delivered world class service and assortment differentiation to Ace, allowing us to further advance our vision of being the most helpful hardware stores on the planet with the best brands.”

The following 10 vendors were honored at a special ceremony held at the Ace Hardware Spring Convention and Exhibits in Atlanta.

  • Apex Tools (Sparks, Md.) – Vendor of the Year
    Apex Tool Group, LLC is one of the largest worldwide producers of industrial hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain, and electronic soldering products. 
  • Gardner Bender (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) – Vendor of the Year
    Gardner Bender is a leading manufacturer of electrical tools, voltage testers, wire management products, and professional large powered equipment.
  • For Life Products – Rejuvenate (Miramar, Fla.) – Vendor of the Year
    For Life Products manufactures and markets innovative, practical home surface and floor care products designed to improve the quality of everyday life. The Rejuvenate brand enables consumers to get professional-quality results and like-new showroom finishes for their homes.
  • Gorilla Glue (Cincinnati, Ohio) – Vendor of the Year
    The Gorilla Glue Company is a leading manufacturer of adhesive solutions for DIYers, woodworkers and professionals. The company revamped the retail adhesive landscape with its introduction of Gorilla Glue, a unique, all-purpose adhesive with the ability to bond almost any material including wood, ceramic, stone, metal and more.
  • Traeger Grills (Wilsonville, Ore.) – Vendor of the Year
    Traeger Pellet Grills, is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of wood pellet grills, wood pellets, sauces & spices, and grilling accessories. Known for its ease of use, versatility and great tasting wood-fired cooking, Traeger is America's leading alternative outdoor grill.
  • 3M (St. Paul, Minn.) – Westlake Ace Hardware Vendor of the Year
    3M is a global innovation company recognized for diversified technology and applying creativity and ingenuity to improve people’s lives.
  • Vanco (Batavia, Ill.) – International Vendor of the Year
    Vanco International is an innovative supplier of electronic accessories to the home theater, low voltage, and electronic distributor markets. Vanco is committed to providing leading edge electronic accessories that advance connectivity and embrace the digital information evolution.
  • Freud Tools (High Point, N.C.) – Emery Jensen Distribution Vendor of the Year
    Freud is a manufacturer of high quality woodworking tools and a leader in the carbide cutting tool industry. Freud is the only manufacturer of woodworking tools in the world that produces its own MicroGrain Carbide with Titanium, called TiCo(TM) Hi-Density carbide.
  • Westinghouse (Philadelphia) – Sustainability Vendor of the Year
    Westinghouse Lighting is a family-owned business driven by the power of an American brand – Westinghouse. There is no other company like Westinghouse Lighting that carries a full line of light bulbs, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans and lighting accessories with such a well-known and trusted brand.
  • Milwaukee Tools (Milwaukee) – Ace Foundation Vendor of the Year
    Milwaukee Tools has led the industry in both durability and performance by providing the best in professional, heavy-duty tools and accessories. With an unwavering commitment to the trades, Milwaukee continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific solutions.

Submitted by: Kate Kirkpatrick - Corporate Communications

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