High honors for Golden Hammer winners
Las Vegas — home improvement vendors were selected as Golden Hammer Committee Choice winners during the Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony here during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.
The Committee Choice winners were selected by a retail-and-distributor panel from the pool of 31 Golden Hammer Award winners.
The five Committee Choice winners for 2013 are:
New Product Innovation: 3M
Inventory Management: Leviton
Serving the Pros: DeWalt
Category Management: Scotts
Quality Control: Valspar
The 2013 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony recognized home improvement suppliers in 31 categories during a Wednesday morning ceremony.
The awards were based on an electronic survey of retailers and distributors conducted earlier this year. Retailers and distributors were asked to select one vendor per category that exemplifies excellence through their commitment to category management, inventory Management, new product innovation, and quality control.
The 2013 Retail Committee consisted of the following executives:
Brett Hammers, Orgill senior VP marketing and Merchandising
Mike Clark – VP and chief merchandising officer, True Value
Steve Markley, VP of merchandising Do it Best
George Smith, CEO Westlake Ace Hardware
Ken Goodgame, General merchandise manager for Ace Hardware.
Mickey Schulte vice president of Purchasing & Marketing, Handy Hardware Wholesale.
Fishing legends and comedy star play it safe
Las Vegas — Wexford, Pa.-based Safety Works unveiled new products, including a Larry the Cable Guy line of hand, eye, head and body protection, and also a line of hand protection from “The 3 Legends” of professional fishing.
The Larry the Cable Guy licensed products include a “Git-R-Done” hard hat and vests, along with safety glasses branded with a small “Git-R-Done” logo. “Git-R-Done” is the stock phrase of the comedian.
The 3 Legends of fishing line include textured fish grip gloves, high-dexterity fish grip gloves and waterproof cold weather gloves. Images of the three legends — Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston and Roland Martin — appear on the packaging.
Both new lines were introduced here at the National Hardware Show, May 7-9 in Las Vegas.
Retailers honored at Golden Hammer Awards
Ray Griffith, Rocky’s Ace Hardware and Builders were honored at the 29th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony event in Las Vegas Wednesday morning. All three acceptance speeches emphasized that the hardware business is a people business.
Griffith, the recently retired CEO of Ace Hardware, entered the Home Channel Hall of Fame. Griffith said it was a pleasure to see some old friends in the room.
“I think our industry is in a really good position. I couldn’t have landed in a better spot,” said Griffith. “The best thing about this industry is the people, and it’s an industry in good shape for years to come.”
Accepting for the Retailer of the Year honoree, Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware, was Rocco Falcone II. “It’s the folks in the stores that make it happen,” said Falcone. “They set the attitude for the store and they drive the business, on behalf of them.”
The Tools of the Trade winner was Builders of Kearney, Neb., operators of a home center, lumberyard and builders showroom.
“Our team members’ dedication to achieving customer expectation makes everyone’s job at Builders easier,” said general manager and executive VP Chris Borrego, accepting on behalf of Builders.
The event also recognized more than 30 vendor honorees across four product categories. The Hall of Fame induction was sponsored by Safety Works.