Founded by John Cotter, True Value Company is one of the leading hardware stores in the United States. Member-owned and operated, the company has been operational for more than 50 years. Formerly known as TruServ Corporation, it provides its members with expertise in business marketing and incentive programs, merchandising, and technology and training services. True Value owns and operates more than 6,000 stores and over 10 regional distribution centers around the world. Headquartered in Chicago, the company employs more than 3,000 associates. It carries a wide variety of national brands and private-label products, including Master Mechanic, Green Thumb, Master Plumber, Scotts, Stanley, Dewalt Power Tools, Rubbermaid, E-Z Kare, and Party Central. True Value Company s products include plumbing and electrical supplies, hand and power tools, hardware, home safety and security products, painting, lawn and garden supplies, rental items, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and portable heaters.