Posted May 24, 2017

Sphere 1 announces 2016 award winners

Nu Way is Member of the Year; Stanley and Freud take supplier honors.

Sphere 1 hosted their 18th Annual Meeting and Conference at the JW Marriott Starr Pass for 780 guests across the country and celebrated a record-breaking year for 2016.

This year’s event focused on Sphere 1’s commitment to “Moves Management,” an initiative to enhance collaboration between Sphere 1’s Distributor-Members and Preferred Suppliers.

The Sphere 1 2016 Partnership of the Year award for the Core Products category was taken by Stanley Black & Decker, which also took the award for Preferred Supplier for the 17th consecutive year.

The 2016 Partnership of the Year awards for excellent service and a quality program to the Sphere 1 Membership were presented to Freud, now a back-to-back winner for Accessory Products, and Stanley Black & Decker, who re-claimed the title for the Core Products category this year. These highest vendor awards are based on the overall score on Sphere 1’s annual support card, which ranks all 101 vendors on six criteria important to the success of the Cooperative.

Freud America is now a back-to-back winner of the Sphere 1 Partnership of the Year award for Accessory Products.

Sphere 1 Senior Vice President, Rob Moe noted, “It’s no surprise as to why Freud America and Stanley Black & Decker are successful within Sphere 1, as they offer an excellent product mix, wonderful marketing programs and they’re always on the cutting edge of providing Sphere 1 Members what they need to be preserver in today’s tough market conditions.”

Nu Way, an industry leader in the sales and rental of concrete forms, equipment and accessories, was named Sphere 1's 2016 Member of the Year.

Stanley Black & Decker was also awarded the Preferred Supplier of the Year for 17 consecutive years, for achieving the highest purchase volume with Sphere 1 Members in 2016, as well as the Sphere 1 University award for an outstanding training platform.

Nu Way, an industry leader in the sales and rental of concrete forms, equipment, and accessories, was named the 2016 Member of the Year. Leading the way in the best overall score in five areas critical to Sphere 1’s success, Nu Way demonstrated excellence in collaboration and growth within the cooperative.

“Nu Way, a Member of Sphere 1 for 13 years, has consistently exhibited what it means to be a sound Member of Sphere 1. They have excelled in both Sphere 1’s planning and continued education platforms as well as exhibit the highest level of dedication in working with Sphere 1’s Preferred Supplier Network,” said Rob Moe.

The awards were presented at the Sphere 1’s Annual Meeting and Conference on May 10, 2017 in Tucson, AZ.

Sphere 1 is a cooperative of independent tool, fastener, and concrete accessory distributors, working together to achieve competitive and sustainable advantages in our marketplace. By partnering with preferred suppliers, Sphere 1 provides members with enhanced vendor programs, superior education and innovative practices. For more information, contact Sharon Bounvongxay at 949-932-3600 or visit