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United Hardware Named a 2023 Top 200 Workplace

United Hardware has been recognized as a Top 200 Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune, a Minneapolis-based media company.

Produced by the same team that compiles the 32-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from 124,719 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations. 

The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 200 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Energage, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. 

United Hardware was ranked among other “small companies” on the Star Tribune list.

“Our employees are the core of our business, and it’s their hard work and talent that drives our business forward,” says Chad Ruth, United president and CEO. “Our success is their success. We believe it’s important to invest in our people by creating an atmosphere that encourages employee development and well-being. It is an honor to be listed among Minnesota’s best places to work.”

“The companies in the Star Tribune Top 200 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota,” says Star Tribune CEO and publisher Steve Grove. “My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”  

United Hardware Distributing Co. is a full-line wholesale hardware distributor providing distinctive brands, services and capabilities to help independent dealers build successful businesses and vibrant communities. Headquartered in Maple Grove, Minnesota, United Hardware services owners of independently owned hardware stores from its distribution center in Milbank, South Dakota, and delivers an extensive product line to more than 700 stores in the Midwest.

“Working at United, it’s easy to see that they place a great deal of emphasis on their employees,” says Lisa Makowski, vice president of marketing and customer experience. “Everyone here knows that their contributions are appreciated and that we all play roles in fulfilling the company’s goals. It’s also rewarding to know that our efforts are directly related to helping small, independent business owners succeed.”

Consumers may know United Hardware through its Hardware Hank brand, which can be seen on locally owned hardware stores throughout Minnesota and has been a trusted source for hardware, paint, lawn and garden products and more for more than 60 years. 

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 5,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses. 

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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