Home improvement retailer Lowe’s named A.O. Smith, Blackstone, and Mansfield Plumbing as the company’s 2022 Vendor Partners of the Year for the suppliers’ commitment to delivering quality products, innovation, value, and service to Lowe’s customers.

Lowe’s also recognized Owens Corning with the Sustainability Award for its commitment to reducing its environmental impact and building a sustainable future through material innovation. According to Lowe’s, Owens Corning has made “significant efforts” to lessen the environmental impact of its operations, including cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 60% since its peak in 2007 and sourcing more than half of its global electricity from renewable sources.

"Every year, we celebrate vendor partners who have gone above and beyond to serve Lowe's and our customers," Bill Boltz, Lowe's executive vice president of merchandising, said in a prepared statement. "The 2022 vendor partner winners have delivered on their commitment to help us drive sales and exceed customer expectations, despite continued economic pressures. We're grateful to work with an outstanding group of suppliers and look forward to continuing to grow their business with us."

A.O. Smith was recognized as the retailer’s building products Vendor Partner of the Year for driving double-digit sales growth in water heaters at Lowe’s. In addition to offering a broad product assortment with high in-stock levels, A.O. Smith also supports the water heater installation business at Lowe’s.

Georgia-Pacific, Hong Kong Global, JELD-WEN, Southwire, and Trex were recognized as divisional winners in the building products category, while Atrium Windows and Doors, Biewer Lumber, Emson, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Lutron, MCS Industries, and Owens Corning were recognized as innovation partners.

Blackstone was named the Vendor Partner of the Year in the hardlines category. Lowe’s has nearly tripled its griddle category since its partnership with Blackstone began in 2020. Alton Industries, Monster, and Oldcastle were recognized as divisional winners and Alton Industries, Chervon, Nite Ize, and Stanley Black & Decker were recognized as innovation partners of the year.

Mansfield Plumbing was named the Lowe’s home decor Vendor Partner of the Year for maintaining inventory, providing promotional support, and offering product innovations available first at Lowe’s.

Henkel, HMS, Mapei, and Samsung were named divisional winners in the home decor category, and Levolor, Moen, Sherwin-Williams, and Whirlpool were recognized as innovation partners of the year in the category.