Of the 32 vendor companies that were recognized as Golden Hammer Award winners during the 2011 ceremony in Las Vegas, five received special commendation in the form of a Committee Choice award.
These five award winners were selected by the Golden Hammer retail committee as examples of the best-of-the-best in the home improvement industry. The panel recognized high performance in five disciplines -- new product innovation, inventory management, serving the pros, category management and quality control.
Here are the 2011 Golden Hammer Committee Choice Award winners:
• New Product Innovation: Scotts Miracle-Gro
• Inventory Management: Irwin Tools
• Serving the Pros: Andersen
• Category Management: 3M
• Quality Control: Weber-Stephens
The retail committee in 2011 consists Mike Clark, VP and chief merchandising officer, True Value Co.; Mickey Shulte, VP purchasing and marketing, Handy Hardware Wholesale; Steve Markley, VP merchandising, Do it Best Corp.; and George Smith, CEO, Westlake Ace Hardware.
"Home Channel News appreciates the thoughtful consideration of the retail committee and congratulates the winners, " said Jim Reynolds, national sales manager for Home Channel News.