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Ohio Ace dealer adds U-Haul rentals

BY HBSDealer Staff

Sunbury Ace Hardware, an independent dealer outside of Columbus, Ohio, has added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to its store. Customers can now purchase or rent a variety of moving equipment and supplies, including moving vans, open trailers, closed trailers, furniture pads, appliance dollies, furniture dollies, tow dollies and auto transports. Sunbury Ace Hardware also will offer sales items to protect their customers’ belongings and make moving easier, such as heavy-duty boxes, which are made of up to 90% recycled content.

U-Haul maintains a network of more than 15,000 independent dealers across North America, according to the announcement.

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Vendors honored with Golden Hammers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Las Vegas — The 2013 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony recognized home improvement suppliers in 31 categories during a Wednesday morning ceremony at the National Hardware Show here. 

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 following companies won Golden Hammers in the Hardware Tools & Supplies categories:

  • Cleaning Supplies – 3M
  • Electrical Supplies – Leviton
  • Fasteners – The Hillman Group
  • Floor Care – Shop Vac
  • Hand Tools – Irwin
  • Gloves & Apparel – Carhartt
  • Home Security and Safety – First Alert
  • Paint Supplies and Tools – Wooster
  • Plumbing Supplies and Equipment – Fluidmaster
  • Power Tools – DeWalt

The following vendors received Golden Hammer awards in the home decor categories:

  • Decorative Hardware & Locksets – Kwikset
  • Decorative Lighting & Fixtures – Hunter Fan
  • Plumbing Fashion and Fixtures – Moen
  • Home Organization – Closetmaid
  • Major Appliances – Whirlpool
  • Paint: Wall Treatments and Stains – Valspar
  • Small Appliances – KitchenAid

The following companies received awards in the LBM categories:

  • Bathroom Vanities – Kohler
  • Building Materials – Boise Cascade
  • Insulation & Housewrap – Owens Corning
  • Caulking & Sealants – Dap
  • Doors – ThermaTru
  • Lumber & Plywood – Georgia Pacific
  • Windows – Anderson 

The following companies earned Golden Hammers in the outdoor living categories:

  • Barbecue – Weber Stephens
  • Decorative Landscaping – Oldcastle
  • Garden Accessories – Design House
  • Lawn & Garden Organics/Chemicals – Scotts
  • Lawn & Garden Tools & Irrigation – Ames True Temper
  • Outdoor Power Equipment – Husqvarna
  • Pools Supplies – ARCH (HTH)

Its important to stress that these winners are selected by their retail customers the toughest judges available, said Nigel Maynard, editor in chief of Residential Building Products & Technology a sister publication of HCN — who unveiled the Golden Hammer winners during the ceremony. And thats why we can safely call our Golden Hammer winners the best of the best for 2013.

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State by state Hardware All-Stars: Ark., Calif. and Colo.

BY HBSDealer Staff

For the second year in a row, Home Channel News bestowed “All-Star Hardware Store” status on one store in every state. Here are the picks for Arkansas, California and Colorado. 

Arkansas
Yeager Ace Hardware
Fort Smith, Ark.
Free popcorn and lollipops are among the customer perks at Yeager Ace Hardware, a third-generation business, which now has four locations. “My dad (Ernest) always thought it would be neat to have a hardware store,” said son Ed Yeager, who bought the business in 1982. The original store was just 3,600 sq. ft. “We didn’t have an intercom, so if we needed something from the back, we just yelled,” said Deborah Clark, Ed’s daughter, who oversees two of the stores.

California
Crown Ace Hardware
Huntington Beach, Calif.
Jeff and Mark Schulein aren’t afraid to walk away from an acquisition or new lease if it doesn’t seem exactly right. Yet the father-son team now operates 17 stores, mostly in Southern California. San Diego is their newest territory, and the family — which has a “No shop talk on weekends” rule — sees plenty of opportunities to expand there.

Colorado
Littleton Ace Hardware
Littleton, Colo.
This two-location dealer holds a “Grill Your Ace Off” barbecue contest each year where 25 teams with names like “This Flame is Not Yet Rated” vie for Ace gift cards. All grilling is done on Big Green Eggs, although the June 9 competition will introduce Webers. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

 

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