Sherwin-Williams, through its Industrial Wood Coatings and General Industrial Coatings divisions, announced three winning business partners during the ninth annual Equipment and Supplies Vendor Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Orlando, in Orlando, FL, on January 31. The Equipment and Supplies program serves all of the finishing needs of original equipment manufacturers, tier suppliers and finishing job shops by offering a selection of more than 10,000 brand-name supplies and equipment items to address the entire coating process, from sanding and pretreatment to finished product, and on-site support to improve paint finishing operations. Mirka Abrasives earned Vendor of the Year as well as the new Excellence in Sales Award, chosen via live voting by Sherwin-Williams Industrial Wood Coatings and General Industrial Coatings sales representatives and facility managers. The company’s support of the Sherwin-Williams sales teams throughout 2017 resulted in an increase in new customer accounts and substantial sales gains. In addition, Mirka Abrasives provided consistent and effective promotional and administrative support. Mirka USA was also a Sherwin-Williams Equipment and Supplies Vendor Awards winner in 2016, earning the Field Sales Support Award. The Sales Excellence Award went to SAMES-KREMLIN, which offers complete finishing solutions – from pumps to complete application systems – that help to improve manufacturing efficiency and deliver bottom line results. SAMES-KREMLIN’s award is the result of impressive rep support provided to the Sherwin-Williams sales staff and facilities, garnering the largest gross dollar sales increase of any Equipment and Supplies partner in the past year. Roo Glue won the New Market Growth Excellence Award. Roo Glue’s mission is to make the highest quality adhesives with the perfect bonding strength for any application. Partnering with Sherwin-Williams Industrial Wood Coatings field staff to provide outstanding technical support to customers, Roo Glue has grown sales throughout the country. Over the past year, no other supplier has seen as large an increase in the number of Sherwin-Williams blending facilities through which its products are sold. “We developed our Equipment and Supplies program to provide high-quality products and technical expertise to our customers to ensure their finishing process is completed safely and efficiently,” Dan Drellishak, Sherwin-Williams Marketing Director, Equipment and Supplies. “It is only with the support and teamwork of our dedicated suppliers that we can offer this unparalleled level of support to help our customers succeed.”