The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) has honored Stihl Inc. as one of its 2015 Channel Partnership Award winners. The recognition came as part of NRHA’s first-ever “State of Independents Conference,” which was held Dec. 10 in Chicago.
Meanwhile, closer to home for the Virginia Beach-based company, the Virginia Employment Commission announced that Stihl has been awarded the National Association of Workforce Services Agencies’ National Business of the Year Award.
The retailers’ Channel Partnership Awards were presented to three home-improvement industry manufacturers that were selected by independent home improvement retailers as representing “best-in-class partners in supporting their success.”
“A strong relationship between manufacturers and independent retailers is vital to the overall health and continued success of this channel,” says Dan Tratensek, NRHA vice president of publishing. “For these awards, we simply asked retailers to tell us which manufacturers they felt went above and beyond in supporting them. From all the manufacturers mentioned, we identified three of the top vote getters for recognition.”
Stihl, of course, makes a variety of outdoor power equipment used by professional landscape contractors in addition to its less powerful machines.
The National Association of Workforce Services Agencies’ National Business of the Year Award recognized Stihl for its emphasis on building “a strong and able workforce,” according to a news release on the award. Stihl employs nearly 2,000 people and exports its products to more than 90 countries.
In praising Stihl for the honor, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said, “Virginia businesses are showing the rest of the country how to develop and support the 21st century workforce. Stihl has set the standard for everyone else to follow.”