Posted May 12, 2017

Evergreen recognizes members and suppliers of the year

The Evergreen Marketing Group recognized three distributor members and five manufacturer partners as 2016 Member or Preferred Supplier of the Year.

The awards were presented at the group’s 28th Partnership Conference held in Dallas in April.

Mark Patton and Michael Weiner, Colony Hardware
Mark Patton (left) and Michael Weiner from Colony Hardware accept the Tier 1 Distributor Member of the Year award

Earning distinction as 2016 Distributor Members of the Year were Colony Hardware Corp. of Orange, Connecticut (Tier 1); Darragh Company of Little Rock, Arkansas (Tier 2); and Morgan Tool & Supply of Shreveport, Louisiana (Tier 3).

Earning distinction as 2017 Preferred Suppliers of the Year were Stanley Black & Decker (Tier 1); Werner Co. (Tier 2); Diamond Products Ltd. (Tier 3); M.K. Morse Company (Tier 4); and Freud Americas (Tier 5).

The awards were created to recognize the top distributors and manufacturers based on multiple criteria. Distributors and manufacturers were first divided into tiers based on size. Within each tier, the distributors and manufacturers were then ranked based on a number of criteria including contribution to the group, growth, participation and member and supplier input.

George A. Sheatz Excellence in Education Award
Evergreen also awarded Sean Cores of DT Cores Company its 13th annual ”George A. Sheatz Excellence in Education Award” at its April conference in Dallas.

Cores earned the recognition as the top manufacturer instructor participating in the group’s 2016 training program on behalf of 3M Fall Protection.

Supplier instructors are rated by students and Evergreen training center staff during each school. Those instructors who achieve the highest ratings earn the award, which was named after George A. Sheatz, a former tool and fastener distributor who was instrumental in Evergreen’s Training & Education programs for nearly 20 years.

“George had a life-long commitment to professional development,” said Kevin Higginbotham, chief executive officer of Evergreen. “His efforts inspired much of what we try to accomplish in the Evergreen program.”

“Over nearly two decades, thousands of tool and fastener distributor sales people were touched by George and his passion for learning. In winning this year’s George Sheatz Award, Sean, along with 3M Fall Protection, join an elite group of professional trainers in the tool and fastener industry.”