Ace Hardware Names Valspar A 2014 Vendor Of The Year

CHICAGO, April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Valspar, the nation’s most widely distributed paint brand, has been named a 2014 Vendor of the Year by Ace Hardware Corporation for its superior commitment and service to the retailer.

Valspar has been a supplier to Ace for decades and the partnership accelerated in December, 2012, when Valspar agreed to purchase Ace Hardware’s paint manufacturing assets. Since that time, they have worked together to transform the paint department in over 3,400 Ace stores throughout the country, and the newly named Paint Studio at Ace units have yielded significant increases in paint sales plus an improved color shopping experience.
“We are fortunate to have such a strong relationship with this important retailer and are thrilled to receive this recognition,” said John Anton , Valspar Vice President and General Manager responsible for the Ace Hardware business. “We look forward to working closely with Ace to drive category sales and support its network of retailers for many years to come.”

Valspar offers a full range of top performing products at Ace Hardware stores nationwide including Valspar Optimus™, Valspar Aspire®, Valspar Pro and Cabot exterior wood stains.

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About The Valspar Corporation
The Valspar Corporation (VAL) is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry. Since 1806, Valspar has been dedicated to bringing customers the latest innovations, the finest quality and the best customer service in the coatings industry. Valspar – if it matters, we’re on it.

About Ace Hardware
For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2014, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Eight Years in a Row,” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,800 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit

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