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Distributors sing praises of products

Distribution America and PRO Group point to vendors and suppliers of the year.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Denver-based PRO Group and Charlotte, N.C.-based Distribution America held their joint Executive Planning Conference in Tucson, Ariz. During the event, they distributed awards for a job well done to vendors and suppliers.

Distribution America named the following companies its “Vendors of the Year:”

  • Electrical: Gardner Bender
  • Paint and Paint Sundries: Linzer
  • Hardware: Midwest Fastener
  • Hand and Power Tools: Century Drill
  • Plumbing: Genova Products, Inc.
  • Lawn and Garden: Woodstream
  • Overall Vendor Partnership Award: Stanley Black & Decker

PRO Group’s “Key Suppliers of the Year” list included:

  • Tools: Stanley Black & Decker
  • Plumbing: Oatey SCS
  • Hardware: Master Lock Company
  • Paint Sundries: DAP Products Inc.
  • Electrical: World & Main
  • Lawn and Garden: Swan Products, LLC
  • Key Supplier of the Year: Chapin International

More than 350 distributors and manufacturers attended the annual Executive Planning Conference (EPC) and participated in more than 2,600 one-on-one sessions. During those sessions, distributors and manufacturers discussed topics ranging from new product and program launches, prior year fill-rates, order turn-around time, promotional effectiveness and new business opportunities.

Dave Christmas, President and CEO at Distribution America, said: “The conference provides an opportunity to expand relationships between our distributor members and the vendors that support our group and industry.”

Distributor attendees selected the best new products and presented awards to the manufacturers in the major hardline categories. The New Product Winners included an overall award to RZ Mask for the Air Filtration Dust and Pollution Mask.

Best New Product Awards:

  • Hand & Power Tools – Stanley Black & Decker 20V Max Inflator
  • Hardware – Screw-It-Again Wood Anchor
  • Paint Sundries – Rustoleum High Output Spray Paint
  • Plumbing – Magna Industries Quick-Fix Copper Pipe Repair
  • Electrical – Leviton Manufacturing USB Combination Outlet
  • Lawn & Garden/Pet – Swan Products Element Viper Hose
  • Specialty – Camco Manufacturing Wine Tumbler Set
  • Overall Winner – RZ Mask Air Filtration Dust and Pollution Mask

 

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