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Golden Hammer Awards presented at National Hardware Show

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Las Vegas The home improvement industry’s top retailers and suppliers were honored at the 24th Annual Golden Hammer Awards, held here in conjunction with the National Hardware Show. The May 6 ceremony at the Las Vegas Convention Center inducted Howard Elsberry, the former president and CEO of Westlake Hardware, as a member of the Home Channel Hall of Fame. Elsberry retired last year after a 40-year career as a hardware retailer.

Golden Hammer awards given to retail companies included Lowe’s as Retail Partner of the Year; ToolKing.com as Specialty Retailer of the Year; and Hanneke Hardware as Innovative Retailer of the Year. Tony Miller, accepting the award for Hanneke Hardware, said the St. Louis dealer has continually adapted its three stores to serve a shifting clientele of landlords, industrial users, builders, contractors and homeowners. “As all of you know, it’s easier to grow business with existing customers than to find new ones,” Miller said.

In the vendor category, Weber-Stephen was named 2008 Vendor of the Year. A communication award in the point of purchase category went to Premier Retail Networks for their Ryobi One video ads in Home Depot stores. A packaging award was given to Quickie Manufacturing for their AirWick Fresh Sweep broom. Elmer’s Products received a business-to-business advertising award for their “Elmer’s Rebuilt” campaign. Epoch Design took home the business-to-consumer award for “MailBoss,” their locking security mailbox campaign. The communications award for signage went to M-D Building Products, which created retractable trade show banners for Dupont caulk.

The Golden Hammer Committee, comprised of merchants from Ace Hardware, True Value, Do it Best, Orgill, Orchard Supply Hardware, Westlake Hardware and Elliott’s Hardware, also gave out five “committee choice” awards: Hillman Fasteners for category management; 3M for inventory management; Weber-Stephen for new product innovation; First Alert for quality control; and Andersen Windows for serving the pros.

Thirty-four suppliers also were honored with HCN’s Silver Circle awards. For a complete listing, see the June 16 issue of Home Channel News.

For the full list of winners, go to www.goldenhammerawards.com.

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HD Supply White Cap enters Minneapolis market

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HD Supply White Cap, the specialty hardware and tools distributor, has announced its entrance into the Minneapolis/St. Paul market with a 6,000-square-foot warehouse.

The new location will serve White Cap’s national industrial, commercial and residential customers and will warehouse and distribute tools, fasteners, accessories, abrasives, anchors, firestops, safety products and consumables.

“HD Supply White Cap selected the Minneapolis market because it enables the company to service many of its national customers with Midwest footprints faster and more efficiently,” the company said in a statement.

“Increasing our national footprint in important geographic regions like Minneapolis/St. Paul allows us to better partner with our customers to provide them with the products and services they need to be successful,” said Tom Lazzaro, president of HD Supply White Cap. 

Other recent expansions for the distributor include the Chicago and Kansas City markets.

The company said it will continue to evaluate additional growth in the Midwest as part of its long-term growth strategy.

White Cap is a division of Atlanta-based HD Supply.

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National Hardware Show held in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas The 2008 National Hardware Show was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, featuring about 3,500 exhibitors in 150 product categories and including Lawn & Garden World, the Homewares Show and an expanded new product section.

About 30,000 members of the home improvement retail community are expected to attend the three-day show, which represents a 10 percent jump from last year. Dean Russo, group vp-Reed Exhibitions and head of this year’s National Hardware Show, said this is a nice vote of confidence during some trying times for the home improvement industry.

“I think they understand that when market conditions are tough, it’s time to get more aggressive, not only to get through the bad times in the next 12 to 18 months, but to put themselves in a good position for when we come out of it,” Russo added.

Other highlights of the show include Inventor’s Spotlight, where attendees can look at newly patented or patent-pending products; the new Green Product World highlighting the latest in green, eco-friendly products; Global Hardware Expo, with more than 1,200 international vendors; and a series of educational seminars addressing challenges and trends in the industry.

In addition, Home Channel News’ Golden Hammer Awards — honoring retailers and manufacturers who have excelled in strategic partnerships — was presented in a special ceremony May 6.

The show, in its 62nd year, ran through May 8.

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