Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. released its annual list of “Vendors of the Year,” recognizing what the co-op described “manufacturing leadership” and “product innovation,” among other things.
Some two dozen companies in nearly as many categories (some companies were doubly honored) made the list, topped by Philips Lighting in the “Outstanding Products and Services Category” and Milwaukee in the “Overall Sales” category.
Do it Best VP of Merchandising Steve Markley described the vendor-recognition program this way: "To provide Do it Best Corp. members with the best product offerings, pricing and service, Do it Best Corp. seeks out the strongest vendors in our industry,” he said. “We pride ourselves on partnering with vendors who are committed to excellent service, exceptional in their marketing support for merchandising, marketing, and sponsorship of Do it Best Corp. members and programs. They have displayed manufacturing leadership in new product innovation, superior quality control, and excellent work in the field partnering with our members.”
The honorees include:
Outstanding Products and Services: Philips Lighting
Overall Sales Growth: Milwaukee Tool
Supply Chain Excellence: Schlage Lock Co.
Building Materials (Direct): USG Corporation
Building Materials: M-D Building Products
Cleaning Supplies & Storage: Concrobium Cleaning Technologies
Farm & Ranch, Pet, Apparel, & Sporting Goods: West Chester Protective Gear
Hardware: Western Builders Supply
Hand Tools: Gorilla Glue Co.
Heating and Automotive: Horizon Global
Home Décor Continental Cabinets by RSI Home Products
Housewares: Swift Response
INCOM: West Chester Protective Gear
International: Toledo & Co.
Lawn & Garden, Green Goods: Jonathan Green
Lumber: Huber Engineered Woods
Millwork: Nelson Wood Shims
Outdoor Living: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
Outdoor Power Equipment: Fiskars Brands Inc.
Paint: Saver Systems/DEFY Wood Stains
Paint Supplies: Franklin International
Power Tools: Imperial Blades
Rental: Great Northern Equipment
Store & Office Supplies, Food & Snacks, & Impulse: Diamond Visions
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Do it Best publishes its Vendor of the Year list annually in concert with its shareholder meeting and Fall Market.