16 Feb 12
Ergodyne Awarded 2011 Do it Best Corp. Members’ Choice Awards
St. Paul, Minn. (February 16, 2012) — Ergodyne has been presented a Members’ Choice Award for their Heat Stress Program and Cooling Products by Do it Best Corp. at the Do it Best October Market™. A proud vendor partner with the co-op since 2009, Ergodyne was honored to receive this important recognition.
“We are thrilled to be honored by Do It Best for our Heat Stress program and cooling products,” said Tom Votel, president and CEO of Ergodyne. “We look forward to continuing a strong program and partnership with this great membership, especially as the weather starts to warm!”
The Member’s Choice Awards serve an important function for Do it Best Corp. and its member-owners. “Our members are always looking for new and innovative products that will help drive sales,” said Steve Markley, vice president of merchandising. “These award winning items and programs help us identify some potentially strong categories to focus on.”
A rotating group of Do it Best members serves as the selection committee for these awards. Each member of the committee worked the entire market floor and nominated products. Committee members look for new products they feel can drive sales or offer exceptional innovation, quality, or value. Since the awards are chosen by members, they are especially significant. “Nobody has a better sense of what will be successful in their stores than our members themselves,” Markley said. “The winning products have instant credibility because they are chosen by members for members.”
Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Do it Best Corp. is the only U.S.-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.41 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving more than 4,000 member-owned locations in the United States and in 50 foreign countries.
Since 1983, Ergodyne has pioneered the development of products that Make The Workplace A Betterplace™. What started with just one product has grown into a line of top flight, battle-tested, Tenacious Work Gear®; all precision crafted to provide protection, promote prevention and manage the elements for workers on jobsites the world over. The current lineup is extensive and constantly growing: ProFlex® Hand Protection, ProFlex® Knee Pads, ProFlex® Supports, Skullerz® Head Protection, Skullerz® Eye Protection, Trex™ Footwear Accessories, Chill-Its® Cooling Products, N-Ferno® Warming Products, GloWear® Hi-Vis Apparel, Squids® Lanyards, Arsenal® Gear and Tool Storage and SHAX® Portable Work Shelters.