United Hardware Distributing Company
|Founded||1945 in Plymouth, Minnesota|
|Headquarters||Plymouth, Minnesota, United States|
|Products||handtools, powertools, electrical, hardware, plumbing, lawn and garden|
United Hardware Distributing Co. is a dealer-owned corporation based in Plymouth, Minnesota which provides distribution services for about 610 member-owned stores, the majority of which operate under the Hardware Hank trade name. In addition, the company services about 800 other stores owned by non-members. 2006 sales were $183 million. It was founded in 1945 as a furniture and hardware distributor. The furniture division was sold in 1953, and it became a dealer-owned retailers' cooperative in 1957 when majority control was assumed by a group of hardware store owners. In addition to servicing the Hardware Hank stores, United Hardware also services TrustWorthy Hardware Stores, Golden Rule Lumber Centers, and Ranch & Pet Supply stores. It is a member of the Distribution America buying group.
Ranch & Pet Supply
Ranch & Pet Supply is a program offered by United Hardware Distributing Co. that provides products and services to retailers that market their business to hobby farmers and pet owners. The product assortment includes feed and supplies for horses, dogs, cats, wild birds, rabbits, poultry, calves, deer and small animals, as well as fencing, work clothing and boots, and general farm supplies. Ranch & Pet Supply also has a customized advertising program, store planning services, store signage and decor, and other services to help retailers increase sales and profits
The company serves as a distributor in the following states (number of Hardware Hank stores in parentheses): Colorado (7), Idaho (2), Illinois (5), Indiana, Iowa (53), Kansas (5), Kentucky, Michigan (5), Minnesota (160), Missouri, Montana (24), Nebraska (15), North Dakota (45), Ohio, South Dakota (35), Utah, Wisconsin (71), and Wyoming (10).
According to the National Retail Hardware Association, United Hardware is the fifth largest wholesaling and distribution cooperative in the hardware store industry in the United States, behind Ace Hardware, Do it Best, True Value, and Handy Hardware.
- National Retail Hardware Association, Market Measures 2005 Annual Report, p. 36 Do It Yourself Retailing