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True Value Names The Hillman Group 2016 Supplier of the Year

March 21, 2017

10 Vendors Recognized for Outstanding Quality Service and Support for Independent Hardware Retailers 

CHICAGO, March 22, 2017 – True Value Company, one of the world's largest retailer-owned hardware cooperatives, named The Hillman Group 2016 Supplier of the Year. In addition, 10 other vendors were recognized for their commitment to delivering the highest quality service and innovation to retailers and their customers. These vendors exceeded retailers’ needs by offering strong retail and handled sales and delivering a fill rate of 95 percent and above. 

“The Hillman team is tremendously honored to win Supplier of the Year with True Value,” said Brett Hillman, Director of Sales, The Hillman Group. “This award is a direct result of both organizations partnering to launch new products and provide retailers with world-class service each and every day.” 

The chosen vendors’ continued dedication to the company’s growth initiatives including participation in the Reunion conventions, Customized True Blue assortments and Destination True Value store remodels ensures shared growth. 

“We appreciate the outstanding support that our supplier partners provide to our retailers through their cutting-edge products and excellent service,” said Heath Ashenfelter, Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer. “They embody our customer-first mentality and are crucial to the advancement of the next generation of independent hardware retailers.” 

The following eleven vendor partners were honored in February at True Value’s Spring Reunion in Anaheim as our 2016 Suppliers of the Year:

  • Electrical: Halex, a Scott Fetzer Co.
  • Farm, Ranch, Automotive and Pet: Camco
  • Hand and Power Tools: Milwaukee Tool
  • Hardware: The Hillman Group Overall Supplier of the Year
  • Home: Bona Kemi USA Inc.
  • Lawn & Garden: Teknor Apex Co.
  • Lumber and Building: Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc.
  • Outdoor Living: Arch Chemicals, Inc.
  • Outdoor Tools & Power: Magid Glove & Safety
  • Paint: 3M
  • Plumbing: Bemis Manufacturing Co.