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The 23rd Annual Golden Hammer Awards proved this year that home channel retailers can innovate, focus and shine, even in sturdy market headwinds.

From a quirky alien-themed ad campaign from Stanley Tools to Tractor Supply’s combination of rural charm and fierce business sense, this year’s Golden Hammer Award winners highlighted the best of the industry.

“I don’t have to tell anyone in this room that we are having a challenging year,” said HCN publisher Jeff Arlen in his opening comments at the awards ceremony. “But as all of you know, challenges can be turned into opportunities, with aggressive, perceptive strategies; innovation and follow-up implementation.”

Winners were chosen in dozens of categories—earlier this year, the entire readership of Home Channel News received ballots to help select the winners. Additionally, HCN’s Committee Choice awards were granted with input from a distinguished panel of executives from all sides of the home channel.

Committee members are: Lori Bossmann, vp-merchandising, marketing and advertising for Ace Hardware; Jay Brown, vp-merchandising for Do it Best; George Smith, president and CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware; Ken Post, senior vp-merchandising and marketing for Orgill; Kyle Walters, president and CEO of Elliott’s Hardware; Mike Clark, vp-general merchandise for Orchard Supply Hardware; and Steve Mahurin, True Value’s senior vp and chief merchandising officer.

Home Channel News salutes the winners of this year’s Golden Hammer Awards.



Robert Strickland, former chairman of the board, Lowe’s


Tractor Supply


Costello Ace Hardware


Northern Tool & Equipment


Vendor of the Year: Stanley ToolsCategory management: 3MInventory management: First AlertNew Product Innovation: Stanley ToolsQuality Control: Weber StephensServing Pros: Johns Manville


Business-to-Consumer: Stanley ToolsPackaging: M-D Building ProductsPoint-of-Purchase: OsmoseBusiness-to-Business: Hyde Tools


Cleaning Supplies Gold: SC Johnson Silver: 3M

Electrical Supplies Gold: Leviton Silver: Jasco Products GE

Fasteners Gold: Simpson Strong-Tie Silver: Hillman Fasteners

Floor Care Gold: BonaKemi USA Silver: Shop Vac

Hand Tools Gold: Stanley Tools Silver: Cooper Tools

Home Security/Safety Gold: First Alert Silver: Kidde

Paint Supplies & Tools Gold: 3M Silver: Liquid Nails

Plumbing Supplies/Equipment Gold: Fluidmaster Silver: Genova

Power Tools Gold: DeWalt Silver: Milwaukee Electric


Decorative Hardware/Locksets Gold: Schlage Silver: Baldwin Brass

Decorative Lighting & Fixtures Gold: Hunter Fan Silver: Wesinghouse

Fashion Fixtures Gold: Danze Silver: Delta

Hard Surface Flooring Gold: Bruce Hardwood Silver: Pergo

Home Organization Golden: Closet Maid Silver: Newell Rubbermaid

Major Appliances Gold: Whirlpool Silver: General Electric

Paint/Wall Treatment/Stains Gold: Benjamin Moore Silver: Cabot Stains

Small Appliances Gold: KitchenAid Silver: Holmes Group

Soft Surface Flooring Golden: Mohawk Silver: DuPont

Window Treatments Gold: Levolor Silver: Hunter Douglas


Bathroom Vanities/Porcelain Gold: Kohler Silver: Masco

Building Materials Gold: Johns Manville Silver: Boise Cascade

Caulking & Sealants Gold: DAP Silver: GE Sealants

Doors Gold: Therma-Tru Silver: Peachtree Doors & Windows

Kitchen Cabinets Gold: Kraftmaid Silver: Merilatt

Lumber/Plywood Gold: Georgia-Pacific Silver: Weyerhaeuser

Surfaces Gold: DuPont Silver: Silestone

Windows Gold: Andersen Windows & Doors Silver: Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors


Barbecue Gold: Weber-Stephen Products Silver: Char-Broil

Decorative Landscaping Gold: Pavestone Silver: Landware

Garden Accessories Gold: Accents Unlimited/Today’s Design House Silver: Al’s Garden Art

Lawn & Garden Organics/Chemicals Gold: Scotts Silver: Bayer Advanced

Lawn & Garden Tools/Irrigation Gold: Fiskars Silver: Union Tools

Outdoor Furniture Gold: Bemis Silver: Syroco

Outdoor Power Equipment Gold: Honda Silver: Briggs & Stratton

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