How to Get Product into True Value
The history of True Value began with the co-op’s founder, John Cotter. Having started his career at a neighborhood hardware store at age 12, Cotter would continue to build on his strong roots and grow as an industry leader.
In 1948, he founded Cotter & Company, a retailer-owned cooperative that included 25 independently owned and operated member stores. With the purchase of Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett in 1963, Cotter not only acquired the company, but also the True Value trademark – a long-standing brand and presence since 1932.
The co-op’s commitment to its membership was furthered in 1997 when Servistar Coast to Coast – merged with Cotter and Company. The alliance formed one of the industry’s largest dealer-owned buying groups.
Today, True Value Company, under the leadership of President and CEO John Hartmann is committed to an aggressive plan for growth, and ensuring the future success of its diverse family of retailers and associates. As one of the world’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperatives, True Value represents independent retailer locations in over 60 countries with retail sales in their communities totaling about $5.5 billion with 13 regional distribution centers and approximately 2,500 True Value Associates.
True Value’s family of retailers and associates are the foundation of their success. In an age of retail chains and big boxes, they understand that customers still value quality products, exceptional service and expert advice. True Value is a company with a proud heritage of supporting the growth and success of independent retailers — it’s the reason why their cooperative was founded. This diverse group of retailers operates True Value stores and specialty businesses in thousands of communities in the United States and around the globe. And their associates are equipped to provide them with the resources and support they require to make their company’s vision a reality: To help every True Value be the best hardware store in town.
True Value Foundation
Their cooperative also gives back to the communities in which they live and work. True Value Foundation is focusing its primary efforts on underserved youth, and improving the lives of children, with an emphasis on education and community vitality.
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