Versatile Nebraska home center earns Golden Hammer

Kearney, Neb.-based Builders will accept the 2013 “Tools of the Trade Award” during the National Hardware Show, to be held in Las Vegas May 7-9.

Builders operates a professional lumberyard/home center and full-line countertop manufacturing facility in Kearney, Neb.; a  professional lumberyard with design center and truss plant, in Grand Island, Neb.; and a contractor/pro sales office and truss plant in Denver. 

The company, a member of the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best co-op, has demonstrated an ability to reach both homeowners and home builders in its various formats. A specific hit with customers has been a recent Ladies Night event that attracted more than 600 people. The company also reaches out to customers as the host of a Traeger Nationals grilling competition.

The Tools of the Trade award recognizes a hardware and home improvement store that champions innovation and best practices across their operation to generate results and connect with customers.

“Builders is a small company that clearly has ambitious formats,” said HCN editor Ken Clark. “There are lot of larger companies that can learn from how Builders successfully combines its pro and DIY businesses.” 

Past “Tools of the Trade” honorees include McDaniel's Do it of Snohomish, Wash. (2012); Price Hardware of Atlanta, Texas (2011); and Cole’s Home Solutions of Millington, Tenn. (2010). 

The Golden Hammer Awards breakfast will take place during the National Hardware Show on the morning of May 8. For more information about the National Hardware Show, click here. 

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