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Monday, February 6, 2012

STIHL Dealer Takes Top Spot at Indie Awards

Howard Brothers Hardware owners
Doug Howard (L) and John Howard
We’d like to congratulate one of our independently owned dealers for being recognized with a national top small business honor.

Thanks to their outstanding dedication to customers, employees and community members, Howard Brothers Hardware of Georgia was recognized as Independent Business of the Year with more than 45,000 votes, by Independent We Stand, a national movement which supports independently owned local businesses across the U.S.

The STIHL dealer, which was one of four finalists for the award out of hundreds of entries, rallied its customers and fan base at all three of their store locations to vote, and the results were overwhelming.

"The secret weapon in our toolbox is that we know our customers. They know and trust us,” says Andy Darnell, marketing manager for Howard Brothers Hardware. “This commitment to our people has impacted many individuals and families who, in turn, impact the community more than we could ever do ourselves.”

The ‘Indie Award’ win for Howard Brothers also gave them yet another opportunity to give back – the company donated the website design prize from Launch Interactive to Mummphy’s Book Nook. They also announced that they would split the $1,000 STIHL product voucher between the other four finalists: Tandem Wine & Cheese Bar of Bothell, Wash., Maple Ave Restaurant of Vienna, Va., Mummphy’s Book Nook of Elkhart, In., and Superior Woodcraft of Doylestown, Pa.

The Howard brothers, Doug and John, will be taking advantage of their other winnings – a search engine optimization package from SEO Bounty, a five-minute video to be featured on the Independent We Stand YouTube site and a two night/three day stay at an independently owned Virginia Beach, Va., resort.

STIHL has been a proud supporter of the Independent We Stand movement since the organization began – and supported the buy local movement even before that. In the United States, STIHL Inc. has retailed its products through independently owned servicing dealers for nearly 40 years.