Posted August 4, 2020

Apex Tool Group names Acme Tools Partner of the Year 

Acme Tools operates 10 retail stores in the Upper Midwest.

At the presentation of ATG’s Partner of the Year award at Acme Tools’ Grand Forks store are, L to R: Rob Kahlmeyer, ATG Territory Sales Manager; Brian Englerth, Acme Tools GM of Purchasing Operations; Mark Peters, ATG Regional Sales Director; Paul Kuhlman, Acme Tools VP, Merchandise Operations; Steve Kuhlman, VP, Corporate Operations; Matt Fiala, Acme Tools Associate Buyer and Jeff Campbell, ATG VP, Sales.

Grand Forks-based Acme Tools, a premier tool and equipment retailer in the Upper Midwest, was recently recognized by Apex Tool Group, a leading global hand and power tool manufacturer, as its 2019 Partner of the Year.

“Acme Tools has been a tremendous industrial channel partner over the years,” said Jim Roberts, CEO of Apex Tool Group who spoke at the recognition event. “In 2019 their performance reached a new high, with significantly increased store and online sales that helped us launch leadership new products and grow our strategic brands.”

From a customer relationship and overall partnership perspective “we couldn’t be more pleased,” shared Campbell. “Acme Tools carries a complete line of our latest GEARWRENCH ( and Crescent ( products, they collaborate and support us in their branches and their online channel continues to drive robust sales for ATG.”

Apex Tool Group is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high performance hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain and electrical soldering products for industrial, commercial and demanding do-it-yourself applications. ATG designs, manufactures, markets, and sells proprietary brands, including GEARWRENCH, Crescent, SATA, Cleco, Weller and APEX. ATG serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail. Learn more at

Family owned since 1948, Acme Tools is an omnichannel premier retailer of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in the Upper Midwest and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 80,000 products online at