Great Lakes Ace is a chain of hardware stores bringing more than 70 years of experience to the neighborhoods that we serve. Ace Hardware provides national chain buying power, access to hundreds of thousands of products, and premium merchandise brands like EGO®, Milwaukee®, Scotts®, Toro®, Weber®, Stihl®, Benjamin Moore®, Yeti® and others. At the same time, we provide our customers with a localized product mix and services while operating a friendly, helpful neighborhood hardware store.
Our team is inspired by our Vision to: Improve Lives & Communities
Great Lakes Ace’s Mission is to: Go above & Beyond to Serve
We are inspired to build a culture of service throughout the organization that is the bedrock of our daily operations.
Our vision for the company is rooted in a belief that while we operate neighborhood hardware stores we are here to Improve Lives & Communities that we touch. It starts with our support of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) in our local communities to ensure those children and families who are most in need are able to access the services and support provided by the local children’s hospital and CMN. Then our associates identify community based non-profit groups and schools that they support by raising awareness and funds.
Our History in hardware is a classic American tale of hard work and reinvention. We were originally founded in 1946 as The Hardware Depot by the Traskos brothers of Dearborn, MI. The company has navigated the winds of change as market pressures and consumer demands have evolved. Today the company focuses on growth of brick and mortar locations through new store development and acquisition of existing hardware stores that serve thriving neighborhoods. Currently our stores operate under the brand names of Rylee’s Ace and Rockford Ace in addition to Great Lakes Ace. Recognizing the consumer desire to shop when and where they find most convenient, the company has pursued e-commerce and delivery systems to remain relevant and convenient.
Go Above and Beyond
Know Your Neighbor
Make it Better
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