Founded in 1924, Ace Hardware is a chain that operates more than 4,500 independently owned and operated stores in over 60 countries. The chain is one of the leading, retailer-owned cooperatives in the hardware industry. Its stores sell nearly 12,000 products to serve home improvement needs. Ace Hardware s stores offer lawn and garden supplies, hand and power tools, paint and paint sundries, and electrical, plumbing, cleaning and automotive products. The chain s stores also provide doors, windows, cabinets, foundation materials, and kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Its stores additionally supply drain cleaners, sinks, vanities, air conditioners, thermostats, electrical boxes and conduit fittings. Ace Hardware s stores sell products from the Plasti-Fab, KraftMaid, TimberTech and Ace brands. The chain serves the residential and commercial construction and remodeling industries. In addition, Ace Hardware operates a division, Ace Hardware International.