Ace Hardware Names Culligan as One of Top Suppliers; First Time Plumbing Manufacturer Presented With Prestigious Award

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Culligan International Company

    NORTHBROOK, Ill., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Culligan International Company
 is proud to announce that it has received Ace Hardware Corporation's
 prestigious 2001 Vendor of the Year award.  This marks the first time that the
 hardware store giant has bestowed this honor upon a vendor in the plumbing
     Each year, Ace Hardware Corporation presents its Vendor of the Year award
 to select vendors that meet its Best Practice Standards of quality, service,
 and support.  Ace's retailers also actively participate in selecting award
     "Culligan epitomizes the true meaning of the word 'partner,' which
 embodies participation, cooperation and working together for mutual best
 interests," said Lori L. Bossmann, vice president of Ace Hardware
 Corporation's Merchandising Department.  "We look forward to strengthening our
 partnership with Culligan in the future."
     "We're pleased that Ace Hardware Corporation has recognized Culligan's
 dedication to superior customer service and quality products," notes David
 Shanahan, retail sales manager for Culligan International Company.  "To be
 recognized by such a well-respected organization is an honor that all Culligan
 employees can take pride in."
     Among the products that Culligan currently sells at Ace Hardware stores
 are countertop and faucet-mount products, sediment and under-sink filtration
 systems, and water filter bottles, as well as their replacement filters.
     Plymouth Products, Inc. manufactures a variety of water treatment products
 under several brand names, including Culligan, USFilter, and American Plumber.
 Owned by Vivendi S.A., Plymouth Products' merchandise is available through a
 worldwide network of retail outlets, independent plumbers and industrial
 distributors.  For more information on the company or its products, Plymouth
 Products, Inc. invites you to visit its website at

SOURCE Culligan International Company