Freud/Diablo earns Sphere 1 award
Freud America announced its Freud/Diablo business was awarded the 2014 Accessory Supplier of the Year from Sphere 1, a cooperative of independent tool, fastener and concrete accessory distributors.
This award was given to Freud/Diablo during Sphere 1’s Annual Member Meeting in San Antonio in recognition for Diablo‘s performance in sales, service, program execution and product innovation.
“Sphere 1’s recognition of Freud/Diablo as Accessory Supplier of the Year is a great honor, and we thank the Sphere 1 membership for this highly coveted recognition." said Russell Kohl, president and CEO of Freud America. "Freud/Diablo will continue its mission to offer the most innovative cutting solutions with premium performance as well as superior customer service."
Freud/ Diablo received the award over 86 other Sphere 1 preferred suppliers. The Accessory Supplier of the Year Award is one of Sphere 1’s top honors and is awarded to the accessory organization that ranks highest overall across all six criteria, including sales volume increase over the previous year, growth percentage, number of members purchasing from the supplier, completion of Gateway for Growth Programs and Sphere 1 University student course completions in 2013.
The Sphere 1 Cooperative will meet in Las Vegas next year May 4-7.
Weyerhaeuser accepts Jefferson Award
Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser was honored with a Jefferson Award for outstanding service.
Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards are considered a "Nobel Prize" for public service in the United States. The organization annually recognizes outstanding individual contributors to society. Each year, one corporation is also honored for outstanding service.
Weyerhaeuser’s deep commitment to citizenship as a core company value, strong support for employee volunteerism in its operating communities, and signature "diaper drive" campaign caught the attention of the prestigious Jefferson Award Board of Selectors.
In accepting the award, president and CEO Doyle Simons said, "It’s a real honor to receive this award, but I can’t take any personal credit for having earned it. Weyerhaeuser is 114 years old and I’ve been with the company for less than a year, so this award really belongs to all 13,000 of our employees. It acknowledges the truly great work they do for their communities."
Simons also explained why the company launched its annual diaper drive event, which encourages employees to donate diapers during a three-week period to be distributed to nonprofit organizations in their communities that serve families in need.
"A few years ago we learned that diapers are a real gap in social services," he said. "All parents know just how crucial diapers are, but most government programs don’t cover the cost of diapers and many people don’t think about donating them. Since we launched this program, our employees have donated nearly 2.5 million diapers to families in need."