Retailers select Golden Hammer Committee Choice winners

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.

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