Partners in Growth
A Review of Ace's Strong Results
Growing for the Future
Working Together for Common Success
Building Customer Loyalty
Exceeding Customer Needs
Reaching out to the Community
Serving the Global Market
Leading the Team
Solidifying Ace's Premier Position

Eight decades ago, a small group of Chicago-area hardware retailers joined together with a common goal: To combine forces to become stronger competitors. They set out to centralize their buying … provide better value and superior service to their customers … share information … and help each other improve. This group chose to unite under a common name to demonstrate their commitment to teamwork, and so Ace Hardware was formed, honoring the valiant and courageous World War I Ace combat pilots.

From those humble beginnings grew the world’s largest hardware retailer cooperative and one of the most recognized and respected brands in business today. And through the years, the Ace Hardware network has continued to grow by never losing sight of its founding principles: Work together. Combine resources and knowledge. Provide value, selection and helpful, friendly service. Strive for excellence and stay true to your customers; they will repay you with loyalty and repeat business.

Ace has been “the place” for more than 80 years. We’re a globally trusted, yet locally embraced brand. We have a rock-solid foundation and a fad-proof future as America’s housing boom continues. We’re Ace. One Team. Never stronger. Never better. And growth continues on our horizons. After all, the sky’s the limit at Ace.

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Ace Hardware Corporation 2004 Annual Report
The new Ace Sacramento Retail Support Center held its grand opening April 2004, with NFL Commentator and Ace Spokesman John Madden and nearly 1,000 retailers, associates, employees and guests taking part in the “Growing for the Future” festivities. The massive 1 million sq. ft. facility can fit 20 football fields under its roof and is the second largest center in Ace’s distribution network.