U.S. Markets open in 3 hrs 55 mins

Lowe's Names 2017 Innovation and Vendor Partners of the Year

Companies recognized for their outstanding products and service

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lowe's Companies, Inc. announced it has named Whirlpool, Central Garden & Pet, and Chervon as the company's 2017 Vendor Partners of the Year. The companies were selected for their longtime commitment to deliver innovation, value and quality service to customers.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Lowe's Companies, Inc.)

"Our vendor partners honored this year are focused on the customer and continue to create products that excite and bring value," said Mike P. McDermott, Lowe's chief customer officer. "Whirlpool, Central Garden & Pet and Chervon share our relentless passion for innovation and help us differentiate our offerings to best serve our customers."

A valuable Lowe's partner for decades, Whirlpool plays a critical role in delivering an exceptional customer experience in appliances. The two companies share logistical efficiencies to provide consumers with next-day appliance delivery, and Whirlpool's exclusive product launches continue to offer consumers the latest innovations – from new and improved laundry designs to the introduction of enhanced finishes, like the Anti-Finger Print kitchen program.

For almost 40 years, Lowe's and Central Garden & Pet have collaborated to achieve multiple milestones and accomplishments together. Since selling Lowe's its first bag of grass seed, Central Garden & Pet has worked as a partner to build one of the largest grass seed businesses in the industry. Working with Lowe's on merchandising, marketing and logistics, Central Garden & Pet collaborates to create packaging designs, custom content and an optimized logistics network to offer consumers products like Sta-Green Fertilizer, Amdro "Quick Kill" lawn and perimeter insect control and Pennington grass seed.

One year after partnering with Lowe's to develop and bring to market the Kobalt 24-volt cordless program, Chervon continues to drive success and positive consumer ratings. To provide the best customer experience, Chervon collaborates with other Kobalt brand vendor partners to maintain the website, post relevant content on social media and support marketing campaigns and activities.

In addition to the overall vendor partners of the year, the following vendor partners were honored for setting the highest bar in innovation: Legrand, JS Steelman, Waterloo, iRobot, Samsung, HKC, U.S. Floors, Husqvarna, Willis, and Sunrise.

About Lowe's
Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe's and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

View original content with multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lowes-names-2017-innovation-and-vendor-partners-of-the-year-300535612.html