Winners Circle

Every year, select brands in the home improvement and building product distribution channel are recognized for the value they bring to the industry. Accolades range from prestigious awards — including HCN's own Golden Hammer and David Weekley's coveted "A,A" Partner of Choice — to recognition in the press or high-profile events like the National Hardware Show. In honor of all of 2013's high performers, here are some that are representative of this year's batch of overachievers.

Rheem Prestige Series Condensing Tankless Water Heater

Rheem: David Weekley Partner of Choice

The heating and cooling systems manufacturer was one of this year's newest "A,A" ranking entrants, earning an "A" for both quality and service. Rheem's tank-type and tankless water heaters crank up the energy-efficiency standards of David Weekley's EnergySaver homes.

Fireclay Tile

RBPT's "Awesome Products Made in the USA"

Locally made, environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing, Fireclay Tile was named one of Residential Building Products & Technology's "Awesome Products Made in the USA." The company's products are often made from recycled materials and are handmade in San Jose, Calif.


WomenCertified Women's Choice Awards

The universal appeal of GAF's residential and commercial roofing products was certainly appreciated by its female customers in 2013. GAF's client-centric business model means more attention to customers, a leading value proposition for WomenCertified.

Apex Tool Group

An Ace Hardware "Vendor of the Year"

Apex Tool Group, based in Sparks, Md., was one of seven vendors to receive a vendor award from Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware for commitment and service during its 2013 Spring Convention in New Orleans. Representative of the company's products is the Crescent X6 seven-piece combination wrench set with "Rapid Ratcheting" action. The packaging hammers home the functionality.


Best Product Launch Awards, Gold Award

The National Hardware Show is typically a prominent venue for new product launches, but it seems like the Grillbot was everyone's darling this year. The automatic grill-cleaning robot — an R2D2 for the grill, as some say — wowed viewers with its innovative ease of use.


Golden Hammer Award, Plumbing Fashion and Fixtures

Moen has memorably positioned itself as the faucet one buys for looks (and life). This savvy branding didn't fall on deaf ears at the 2013 National Hardware Show, where Moen received a Golden Hammer Award for its design and lasting value.

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