Sherwin-Williams Announces 2012 Vendors of the Year

Partners honored for product innovation, performance, service and sales

CLEVELAND – February 1, 2013 – Sherwin-Williams recognized its top product partners at the company’s annual Vendor of the Year Awards ceremony, held at the Paint Stores Group 2013 National Sales Meeting in Nashville on January 29. During the ceremony, the company also announced its Vendor Product of the Year Award winner and Vendor Marketing Award winner.

The Vendor of the Year Awards recognize partners that demonstrate exceptional sales growth, outstanding product performance, marketing support and stellar service to Sherwin-Williams paint stores and distribution centers.

“The performance of these eight vendors was nothing short of outstanding,” said Pete Sedlak, vice president of marketing and purchasing, Sherwin-Williams. “We are proud to recognize these suppliers for their industry-leading innovations, sales growth and incredible support for our company and customers.”

Vendors of the Year

3M: An 11-time recipient, 3M secured strong sales gains with multiple product lines sold in Sherwin-Williams stores by increasing focus on the professional painting contractor with targeted promotions.

Armstrong World Industries: Launching innovative and contemporary vinyl plank, tile, sheet goods and wood flooring products helped Armstrong World Industries return as a second-time honoree. The company secured strong sales gains through competitive pricing, a commitment to service and strong field training.

Dumond Chemical: A three-time recipient, the company updated its marketing materials to better educate the Sherwin-Williams field sales organization and showed significant sales increases. Dumond is committed to testing products to ensure the right product is selected for each job and partnered with Sherwin-Williams on the refurbishment of the iconic Hollywood Sign.

Mi-T-M Corporation: Mi-T-M capitalized on the power of the Internet and launched a new website with how-to videos specifically for Sherwin-Williams customers, making the company a four-time honoree. Its unique bundle of promotions delivered value and helped Mi-T-M achieve strong sales gains in 2012.

Trimaco: A first-time recipient, Trimaco expanded its offerings by identifying new products and niche items that meet the needs of Sherwin-Williams customers. A comprehensive professional show kit and robust support for sales representatives helped Trimaco secure sales gains in 2012.

Chicago Aerosol: First-time winner Chicago Aerosol delivered excellent service and innovative product developments in a mature product category, contributing to double-digit sales growth for the past two years.

In addition to the Vendor of the Year awards, Sherwin-Williams honored one vendor with its Vendor Product of the Year award, a special recognition for extraordinary efforts in the development of innovative products, outstanding sales and field support, and exclusive availability at Sherwin-Williams stores.

Vendor Product of the Year Award

Brewster Home Fashions for HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams Wallpaper Collection: Brewster Home Fashions developed a bold and contemporary wallpaper collection that coordinates with the eight HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams color palettes. The company ensured products were available and swiftly fulfilled. The line is on pace to become one of the best-selling wallpaper collections in Sherwin-Williams history.

Sherwin-Williams also honored one vendor with its Vendor Marketing Award, honoring a company’s ability to rise above the competition to differentiate its products and their availability in Sherwin-Williams stores.

Vendor Marketing Award

The 3M Company for the Roush Mustang Sweepstakes: A three-time recipient of the Vendor Marketing Award, 3M enhanced an already successful marketing campaign by effectively leveraging NASCAR, Roush Racing and Greg Biffle. Product sales soared during the summer-long campaign.

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