Ace and RONA strike a deal in Canada
Ace Hardware has struck a deal with RONA, a Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, building materials and home renovation products, to forge a long-term agreement for master licensing of the Ace brand in Canada.
Under the terms of the new deal, RONA will enjoy certain rights to various Ace Hardware brands, retail operating systems and Web portals, as well as various distribution rights via Ace (including through its China direct programs). The move will help RONA in its effort to expand its network of affiliated dealer stores in Canada while supporting the growth of Ace in Canada.
“The Ace Hardware brand is well recognized in the U.S., Canada and internationally," said RONA president and CEO Robert Sawyer. "This agreement will enable us to improve our offering to small dealers across the country, to leverage our existing distribution infrastructure and to strengthen our portfolio of banners. Canadian customers will also benefit from this new relationship as RONA will put important efforts in collaboration with Ace Hardware International in the development of the brand, which will perfectly complement RONA’s existing brands, especially in some areas of the country where RONA has a limited presence."
"Ace has been thoroughly impressed with RONA’s commitment to the independent Canadian retailer, their rigor in crafting an efficient country-wide supply chain and their intimate knowledge of and experience in Canada,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware. “I believe Ace’s combination of strengths with RONA will be an exceedingly compelling proposition for both independent hardware and lumber dealers and the Canadian consumer for a very long time to come.”
NuvoH20 water softeners hit Utah region stores
Customers in Utah, Nevada and Wyoming can now buy NuvohH2O’s water softeners at certain Ace Hardware stores, the supplier announced Thursday.
Instead of using salt like most water softeners, NuvoH2O’s products work with the help of a citrus agent and don’t require electricity, brine tank, drain or soft water loop to work/. The absence of salt reduces buildup on fixtures and shower doors.
“We are happy to be offering these water softening systems because they provide a way for our customers to make a better, more efficient home," said Steven Allen, who owns an Ace Hardware location in Layton, Utah. “The NuvoH2O water softening system is beneficial for purchasers on many levels, but we love the fact that the product helps reduce scale buildup and allows a home’s large appliances and plumbing system to work better.”
Ohio lawmakers recognize Klinker’s
Ace Hardware affiliate Klinker’s Lumber & Building Supply of Waverly City, Ohio, was recognized by the state’s House of Representatives for opening a new paint studio in May.
The store’s paint studio — essentially a remodeled and rethought version of its paint section — now sells Valspar paints, including their Aspire and Professional line of paints, in addition to the Ace line of paint. The paint studio will also allow employees to mix custom paint colors to match customers’ color palettes.
The legislators’ commendation noted that Klinker’s had "earned the gratitude and appreciation of many, and the grand opening of its new paint studio…is a justifiable source of pride and an outstanding reflection not only on the business itself but also on the astute management of its owners…and on the Waverly Community."
Klinker’s has been in the Waverly City area since the 1940s, when its founders began as a baseball bat manufacturer. It eventually grew to include cabinets, storm windows and doors, then expanded in 1964 to include a lumber warehouse. Since 1979, the company has been in the same 12,000-sq.-ft. store, replacing its original lumber warehouse with a drive through lumberyard.