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Do it Best Corp.
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Type Retailers' cooperative
Industry Home improvement
Products Retail - Home improvement and new home construction
Employees 1,400

*Do it Best Corp.*, formerly known as Hardware Wholesalers, Inc. (HWI), is
a member-owned hardware, lumber, and building materials cooperative based
in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Do it Best Corp. is the second-largest co-op in the
industry with sales of $2.68 billion in FY 2012. Do it Best Corp. does not
mandate store identities, so member-owners may or may not display the Do it
Best brand name in their businesses.


HWI was founded by Arnold Gerberding in 1945 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with
the investments of 100 independent business owners in Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan and Ohio. Gerberding used the co-op model so HWI members could get
better volume pricing from vendors by buying together rather than on their
own. Independent hardware stores became members of the cooperative and its
sole shareholders as well. The first warehouse facility opened in 1948, and
HWI added a private truck delivery system in 1955. When Gerberding retired
in 1967, HWI had more than


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