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What is Do it Best?

Do it Best Corp., originally Hardware Wholesalers, Inc. (HWI), is a member-owned cooperative in the hardware, lumber, and building materials industry, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 1945 by Arnold Gerberding with investments from 100 independent business owners across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, the cooperative model was adopted to allow members to gain better pricing through collective buying. The company, which is the second-largest in the industry with over $5 billion in annual sales, has evolved over time, including a significant merger in 1998 with Our Own Hardware and an expansion into international markets, primarily in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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Do it Best Corp. offers a comprehensive range of hardware, lumber, and building materials, serving as a wholesale cooperative for independent hardware stores and other related businesses. With a flexible approach that does not mandate store identities, member-owners can choose to display the Do it Best brand or operate under their own names, providing diverse services and products to meet the needs of both residential and commercial customers​​​​.

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