Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA) has been recognised for highest sales achievement by Sphere 1 members, a co-operative of independent tool, fastener and concrete accessory distributors in the USA.
It is the fifth year in a row that Hitachi has received the honour and this year won the top award over 104 other Sphere 1 preferred suppliers. Hitachi picked up the Preferred Supplier Brand award at Sphere 1’s Annual Member Meeting in May at Tucson, Arizona.
Hitachi Power tools was bought at the start of the year by KKR to accelerate global growth strategy.
Sphere 1 CEO Carol Shackelford said: “This award represents a long and lasting partnership commitment by the entire Hitachi team and our growing Sphere 1 membership which is now 860+ locations strong. Earlier this year, Hitachi hosted our Air Fastening Committee and other invited members to visit the Braselton (GA) facility for a new product update and group discussion about their 789 partnership enhancement process. Their excellent team, led by Hiro Yumoto and Joe Leffler, and hands-on leadership are contributing factors to Hitachi’s growing success with our membership. Congratulations Hitachi!”
Joe Leffler, Hitachi Power Tools Vice President of Sales & Marketing, added: “It’s amazing how our independent sales team has built upon this business year over year with Sphere 1 members. There are many respected brands in this group so to hold the top brand in volume for five years consecutively is a great accomplishment. This truly is a testimonial to the performance of our tools, and the efforts our employees put into this business each and every day!”