SLIDESHOW: Ace Convention highlights

 

Ace’s "2020 Vision" program signed up nearly 3,000 dealers so far.

 

Ace unveiled for the first time its Paint Studio concept – a $75 million design project launching in May of 2014.

 

New at the Dow booth was a Pestblock version of the popular Great Stuff insulation in a can.

 

Dennis Carpenter of Tri-River Ace Hardware in Colorado poses with Ace’s seven J.D. Power & Associates awards.

 

The brushless, M18, Red Lithium-powered grinder was on display at the Milwaukee booth.

 

Melissa Mokry, Ace’s store presentation consultant helped create the outdoor living model display area.

 

Dr. William Ames Curtright (left) and Pete Cary of Ames Research Labs demonstrate the strength of their Blue Max coating.

Ace Hardware dealers gathered in Orlando for the 2013 Ace Convention & Exhibits Sept. 10-12.
The event organizers say they expected more than 5,000 Ace retailers from all 50 states and 73 countries to attend.
In addition to buying and networking on the convention floor, the event’s retailer training sessions ran the gamut from strategies to remove unproductive inventory to prevent shoplifting and to increase retail space productivity.