Ace Hardware began as a small chain of stores in 1924. It has evolved as one of the leading dealer-owned cooperatives in the United States that supplies building materials to the residential and commercial construction and remodeling industries. The company provides kitchen and bathroom fixtures, foundation materials, doors, windows, cabinets, tools and other building hardware. It also offers farm products, bird seeders and feed, baskets, sprayers, patio heaters, paint, caulks, sealants and home appliances. In addition, Ace Hardware supplies drain cleaners, sinks, vanities, air conditioners, thermostats, electrical boxes and conduit fittings. The company features products from various manufacturers, including Marvin Windows and Doors, Specialty Building Products, Boulder Creek Stone Products, Lavelle Company, Plasti-Fab, KraftMaid, TimberTech and James Hardie International. With annual sales of more than $12 billion, Ace Hardware operates over 4,500 hardware, home center and building material stores in nearly 70 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., the company maintains a presence in Tucson, Ariz.