Every year, select brands in the home improvement and building product distribution channel are recognized for the value they bring to the industry. Accolades range from prestigious awards — including HCN's own Golden Hammer and David Weekley's coveted "A,A" Partner of Choice — to recognition in the press or high-profile events like the National Hardware Show. In honor of all of 2013's high performers, here are some that are representative of this year's batch of overachievers.
Rheem: David Weekley Partner of Choice
The heating and cooling systems manufacturer was one of this year's newest "A,A" ranking entrants, earning an "A" for both quality and service. Rheem's tank-type and tankless water heaters crank up the energy-efficiency standards of David Weekley's EnergySaver homes.
RBPT's "Awesome Products Made in the USA"
Locally made, environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing, Fireclay Tile was named one of Residential Building Products & Technology's "Awesome Products Made in the USA." The company's products are often made from recycled materials and are handmade in San Jose, Calif.
WomenCertified Women's Choice Awards
The universal appeal of GAF's residential and commercial roofing products was certainly appreciated by its female customers in 2013. GAF's client-centric business model means more attention to customers, a leading value proposition for WomenCertified.
An Ace Hardware "Vendor of the Year"
Apex Tool Group, based in Sparks, Md., was one of seven vendors to receive a vendor award from Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware for commitm