Sherwin-Williams Announces 2017 Vendor of the Year Award Winners

Intex, Shaw, Niagara Machine, Graco and 3M Honored as Distinguished Partners

CLEVELAND (Feb 2, 2018) – Sherwin-Williams named its 2017 Vendors of the Year along with its 2017 Vendor Product of the Year during an event to honor its partners at the Sherwin-Williams National Sales Meeting earlier this week in Orlando, Florida.

“The Vendor and Vendor Product of the Year awards are an opportunity for Sherwin-Williams to recognize our dedicated partners who deliver innovative products and creative solutions that contribute to Sherwin-Williams’ successes,” said Tracey Gairing, vice president of marketing and purchasing, Sherwin-Williams. “We’d like to congratulate this year’s winners for their well-deserved achievements and thank them for helping continue to surpass our customers’ expectations and Sherwin-Williams goals.”

2017 Vendor Product of the Year

The Sherwin-Williams Vendor Product of the Year Award recognizes a single new innovative product or product line often exclusive to Sherwin-Williams that creates excitement with its customers and employees, increases sales and achieves strong organizational support.

3M: A first-time award recipient of the Vendor Product of the Year award, 3M conducted extensive research to identify the challenges contractors experience with masking areas prior to spraying. The result was the Hand-Masker Masking Plastic Line, products that upgrade professionals from standard masking paper to one that economically provides attributes similar to high-end film. 3M was acknowledged for creating a game-changing masking product that helped professionals in the field and for providing strong support at the field level with employee training, promotional efforts and customer demonstrations.

2017 Vendors of the Year

The Sherwin-Williams Vendor Awards recognize partners who develop outstanding products focused on quality and value and that are committed to providing exceptional service to Sherwin-Williams stores and distribution centers.

Intex: Industry leader Intex, a three-time award recipient, provides a broad assortment of high-quality wiping products. The company continues to innovate, developing new fabric technologies that provide superior, consistent results that satisfy Sherwin-Williams customers’ needs.

Shaw: This long-term supplier received its fifth Vendor of the Year award for consistently bringing creative floor-covering solutions to solve customer challenges. Shaw also demonstrated strong field support, working closely with Sherwin-Williams sales representatives to offer unique services along with innovative solutions.

Niagara Machine: First-time award-winner Niagara Machine provides a wide range of equipment for the growing surface prep, grinding and polishing market. Its participation in pro shows, strong promotions and field support all helped to create a united front for a complementary selling approach.

Graco: Graco consistently aligns its products to better fit Sherwin-Williams customers by upgrading its entry-level units and improving mid-level professional units. As a nine-time award-winner and longtime manufacturer supplier, Graco leads the way in promotional support by hosting targeted product expos, actively participating in pro shows, providing hands-on training with Sherwin-Williams employees and working closely with sales representatives on large commercial jobs.


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