Vendors honored with Golden Hammers
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)
“It’s 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 that’s why we can safely call our Golden Hammer winners the best of the best for 2013.”
State by state Hardware All-Stars: Ark., Calif. and Colo.
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.
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.
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.
Littleton Ace Hardware
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.
HCN selects state-by-state Hardware Store All-Stars
The 2012 crop of Home Channel News Hardware Store All-Stars marks the second year of the state-by-state accounting of high-performance retailers. The common theme of “excellent customer service” runs through the entire list, but that’s just the beginning.
Here are the first three on our alphabetical listing:
Hopper Building Supply
“We have a little bit of everything,” said owner Mike Hopper, whose family started the business more than 50 years ago. By “everything,” he means building supplies, gasoline, deli meats, bakery goods and even a Laundromat. “We’re known as a one-stop shop for everyone.” The Hopper family owns several other businesses in town, including Mike’s dad, who operates a Foodland supermarket next door to the building supply company.
Andy’s Ace Hardware
How many hardware stores make their own fudge? The 10-ft. gourmet candy counter at this Anchorage store features a changing roster of 15 flavors. Customers also come in to avoid the long lines at the U.S. post office or to sign up for a cell phone plan at its RadioShack franchise.
Prescott True Value
There aren’t many contingencies between new brides and senior citizens, but Prescott True Value, located in a retirement community, registers an average of 16 bridal couples each spring and summer. The fine china and kitchenware department brings them in, but everybody loves the 12 linear ft. of gourmet foods and the large selections of unusual kitchen gadgets.