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2017


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - January 18, 2017 - Today, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation announced that Acme Tools has been named Online Partner of the Year for 2016. Acme Tools is the first Bosch-certified online partner to earn the newly created award.

Bosch cited e-commerce innovation, sales growth and overall partnership contributions in presenting the award to AcmeTools.com. at its North American power tools headquarters in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

Acme Tools carries a complete line of the latest Bosch tools and accessories and has participated in the Bosch Online Partner Program since its inception in 2014.

Bosch certified online partners are committed to bringing customers a quality online shopping experience by building and maintaining a strong relationship with the Bosch brand. Bosch Tools Online Partners believe in the values and support the integrity of Robert Bosch Tool Corporation.

About Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, the Power Tools Division of North America, was formed in 2003 when Robert Bosch GmbH combined its North American diverse power tool and accessories business into one organization. As a manufacturing pioneer with more than a century's worth of experience, the Bosch name has become synonymous with engineering excellence. The company has locations throughout North America as part of the global power tools division. Bosch associates maintain a legacy of world-class design, manufacturing and sale for power tools, rotary and oscillating tools, accessories and measuring tools.

About Acme Tools

Family owned since 1948, award-winning Acme Tools has 69 years of industry experience and today is an omnichannel premier retailer of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 40,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.


2016


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GRAND FORKS, ND - November 22, 2016 - Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, has launched the new Milwaukee REDSTICK™ Box Levels online at AcmeTools.com for pre-orders with an estimated shipping date of December 9, 2016. Milwaukee Tool introduced the new Box Levels this month at STAFDA, an industry leading trade show, in Atlanta.

Designed with an All-Metal Backbone™ that reinforces the box level frame and new-to-world SHARPSITE™ Vial Technology, REDSTICK Box Levels are the most durable and easy to read layout solution for professional tradesmen - delivering precision accuracy within 0.029 degrees.

"Milwaukee deserves credit for bringing its innovation and design technology to a core category of tools for the professional building trades," said Paul Kuhlman, vice president of merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. "Acme Tools will be one of the first Milwaukee authorized online retailers to receive the new REDSTICK Box Levels to fulfill online orders next month."

The All-Metal Backbone produces the strongest frame in the industry and eliminates common frame deformities seen in box levels. The Backbone reinforced frame also creates a more secure and protected vial setting to protect accuracy and prevent damage or loosening. High-density, removable endcaps protect the frame and provide better access into tight spaces.

The new Box Levels feature SHARPSITE Vial Technology for the very best readability and visual accuracy. Black bands on the vials create high contrast edges that make the magnified bubble easier to read and deliver precision-grade accuracy. Built to withstand challenging jobsite conditions, SHARPSITE vials are engineered with high-impact acrylic which delivers 10X more durability than the standard competitive block vials and protects the accuracy over the life of the level. Milwaukee also introduced a Lifetime Accuracy Guarantee. In the unlikely event the end user experiences an issue with vial accuracy, the level can be replaced.

Available in nine non-magnetic and nine magnetic models, all magnetic models include amplified rare-earth magnets to provide maximum holding power in common metal applications. Precision milled measuring surfaces on the top and bottom guarantee accuracy in all working positions. The new levels range in length from 16 inches to 96 inches.

Milwaukee will also introduce REDSTICK Compact Levels with compact box level frames ranging in length from 24 inches to 72 inches. All new REDSTICK Levels are backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is an omnichannel premier retailer of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 35,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, ND - August 8, 2016 - The Toro Company has awarded the prestigious Summit Club Residential Award to Acme Tools. The annual award recognizes qualifying Toro dealers for outstanding sales of residential lawn equipment. Acme Tools has earned the award from Toro every year since 2012.

As an award-winning Toro dealer, Acme Tools offers a complete line of Toro® products with the latest advancements and reliable service from technicians trained on Toro equipment using genuine Toro parts.

Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is an omni-channel premier retailer of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 35,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, ND - April 26, 2016 - Acme Tools was named the 2015 Tier 1 Distributor Member of the Year by Evergreen Marketing Group at its Annual Partnership Conference in Dallas, Texas. This is the second consecutive year and the sixth time since the award was established in 2008 that Acme Tools and its 475-person work force has been recognized having previously been honored in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

"By winning Member of the Year in consecutive years , Acme Tools has once again shown the benefit of forming true partnerships with Evergreen preferred suppliers," said Evergreen CEO Kevin Higginbotham. "Acme Tools leads the group by example and is a true role model for other distributor members. They take full advantage of our professional development programs that benefit their employees and their customers."

The awards were created to recognize top distributors and manufacturers based on multiple criteria. Distributors and manufacturers are divided into three tiers based on size and then ranked by contribution, growth, participation and member and manufacturer input.

Milwaukee Tool Corporation was recognized as the 2015 Tier 1 Preferred Supplier of the Year.


Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative organization founded in 1989 by construction/industrial supply distributors. Today, it consists of 69 distributors with more than 280 locations in the United States and Canada with combined revenues over $1.6 billion. Evergreen is focused on the growth and development of its distributors and preferred suppliers through training and education, business development and partnering. Evergreen maintains a 17,000-square-foot training center in Farmers Branch, Texas, and offers the industry's only professional certification programs for sales and operations employees.

Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience as a major industrial tool distributor and today is a premier retailers of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in the Upper Midwest and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 35,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.


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TORRANCE, CA - April 13, 2016 - Kubota Tractor Corporation is pleased to honor Acme Equipment in Grand Forks, ND and Acme Tools in Bemidji, MN and Minot, ND, with Kubota's Elite Award of Excellence, the company's most prestigious dealership certification and designation. The certification program was created by Kubota's senior leadership team in conjunction with its National Dealer Advisory Board to recognize dealers around the country that are providing customers with the "ultimate Kubota experience" from top quality equipment, to sales and financing, customer satisfaction and best in class service.

"Whether it is landscapers, contractors or large property owners, today's customers expect equipment dealers to be top-notch, full-service partners. Kubota's Award of Excellence program recognizes dealers that are already there, meeting and exceeding customers' expectations," says Todd Stucke, vice president, sales, marketing and product support for Kubota. "Simply put, they are our very best, and they've set the bar high. For that, we thank and applaud them."

Unique to Kubota's Award of Excellence program is its designation criteria. The advisory board and Kubota worked together to narrow down the criteria to core elements related to customer sales and service support excellence, that are the absolute most critical for longevity, segment growth and overall business success.

In order to be recognized with a Kubota Premier Award of Excellence a dealership must meet all requirements and achieve at least an 80 percent compliance percentage of the all the core elements. In addition, to achieve the top "elite" status level dealers must be a premier certified dealer and achieve a total fiscal sales requirement.

"This is the inaugural year of Kubota's Award of Excellence program and it is already setting a high standard that will pave the way for sustained growth and market segment leadership," Ray Villarreal, Kubota director of dealer development adds. "We have built a strong reputation for top quality on the manufacturing level and this award recognizes that Acme Equipment is delivering on the Kubota promise before, during and after the sale.


About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 170 Gross hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit www.kubota.com.

About Acme Tools
Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is an omni-channel premier retailer of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 35,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - March 16, 2016 - Acme Tools received the prestigious Silver ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota for its new DO YOUR BEST WORK™ advertising campaign featuring three new television commercials that began airing last year. The TV spots were created by Flint Group in Duluth, Minnesota and produced by Media Productions in Fargo, North Dakota. An example of the award-winning campaign can be viewed here: Dan the Contractor

The American Advertising Awards, known as the ADDYs, is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation, the regional competition is the first phase that recognizes and rewards creative excellence in the art of advertising.

Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is an omni-channel premier retailer of tools and equipment with 10 retails stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 35,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.


2015


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - November 19, 2015 - Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the Acme Tools website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

Acme Tools also announced an upgrade to its navigation and search feature incorporating new industry-leading technology designed to provide faster and more relevant search results for online customers. The new search engine technology delivers a site search solution that produces relevant product recommendations making it faster and easier for online shoppers using the site search feature.

" Acme Tools has always been committed to setting the standard for both customer service and online shopping experience," said Paul Kuhlman, vice president of merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. "Acme Tools is proud to be recognized as a Google Trusted Store and add the highly recognized badge to our website."

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google's help, and Google will work with Acme Tools and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like Acme Tools attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their website.

Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is a multi-channel premier retailer of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 30,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - October 26, 2015 - Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, has added the PayPal digital payment platform to its e-commerce website for online customers.
       The PayPal platform will provide Acme Tools online customers with the convenient option of checking out simply and securely using their PayPal account on AcmeTools.com whether shopping on a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
       "Digital payment technology is at the forefront of the payment space and we realize our new customers, especially millennials, prefer a digital payment option," said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. "PayPal's platform simplifies the checkout process and provides a payment option allowing the customer to choose how to pay at checkout."
       PayPal is the most widely used and trusted digital wallet in the world. According to a Forrester Research study earlier this year, PayPal is used over five times more than Visa Checkout and is the preferred online payment brand across all age ranges and both genders.
       "PayPal is being added just in time for the busy holiday shopping and shipping season," said Kuhlman. "PayPal will provide our online customers with a faster checkout experience."
       Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is a multi-channel, premier retailer of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 30,000 products online at AcmeTools.com


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - May 27, 2015 - Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, today announced the planned expansion of its corporate headquarters in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The project includes a newly constructed addition that will feature a stunning new entrance, executive offices, board room, a large employee training room and a new employee lunch room. New offices, conference rooms and open work areas will also be added as well as remodeling the current corporate offices.
       The design of the new spaces focuses on the needs of Acme Tools employees providing the environment, technology and comfort required to increase efficiency and productivity. The expansion increases the size of the corporate headquarters building to 15,000-square-feet.
       Acme Tools employees will attend manufacturer training and company training programs in the new 35-person training facility. Specifically designed to provide a unique learning environment for employees, the new training room will integrate advance training technology.
       The project also repurposes previous warehouse space to create new parking spaces and new green space.
       "The additional space will allow us to have the entire corporate staff in the same building and provide for improved communication at all levels," said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. "This expansion provides needed space for all departments and in particular for the growth of our call center staff and the growing number of buyers supporting our online business."
       Construction began late last year and is scheduled to be completed September 1. The new corporate headquarters building is collocated with the Acme Tools store and Acme Rents in Grand Forks.
       "One of our goals with this project is to expand our corporate presence in this location and in doing so revitalize this area along North Washington Street in Grand Forks," stated Kuhlman.
       Founded in Grand Forks in 1948, Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is a major tool distributor and premier retailer of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 26,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - May 4, 2015 - Acme Tools was named the 2014 Tier 1 Distributor Member of the Year by Evergreen Marketing Group at its Annual Partnership Conference in Addison, Texas. This is the fifth time since the award was established in 2008 that Acme Tools and its 525-person work force has been recognized having previously been honored in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
       "By winning Member of the Year for 2014, Acme Tools has once again shown the benefit of forming true partnerships with Evergreen preferred suppliers," said Evergreen CEO Kevin Higginbotham. "Acme Tools leads the group by example and is a true role model for other distributor members. They take full advantage of our professional development programs that benefit their employees and their customers."
       The awards were created to recognize top distributors and manufacturers based on multiple criteria. Distributors and manufacturers are divided into three tiers based on size and then ranked by contribution, growth, participation and member and manufacturer input.
       Stanley Black & Decker was recognized as the 2014 Tier 1 Preferred Supplier of the Year.
       Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative organization founded in 1989 by construction/industrial supply distributors. Today, it consists of 69 distributors with more than 280 locations in the United States and Canada with combined revenues over $1.6 billion. Evergreen is focused on the growth and development of its distributors and preferred suppliers through training and education, business development and partnering. Evergreen maintains a 17,000-square-foot training center in Farmers Branch, Texas, and offers the industry's only professional certification programs for sales and operations employees.
       Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience as a major industrial tool distributor and today is one of the premier retailers of tools and equipment with 10 retail stores in the Upper Midwest and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 26,000 products online at AcmeTools.com


2014


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BISMARCK, N.D. - November 5, 2014 - Acme Tools, the premier locally owned retailer of tools and equipment in the Bismarck/Mandan area, is constructing a 6,000-square-foot addition to its store on East Bismarck Expressway. The addition will expand the current service department and provide additional capacity for Acme Rents, a division of Acme Tools. The expansion project is scheduled for completion in December.
      Serving South Central North Dakota since 1976, Acme Tools opened at its current location in 2004. The Bismarck store features a 13,000-square-foot showroom - the largest tool and equipment showroom in the region.
      Founded in Grand Forks in 1948, Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is a multi-channel, premier retailer of tools and equipment with some of the largest showrooms in the country. The company stocks over 180,000 products from 3,500 manufacturers. Acme Tools has 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. More information is available at AcmeTools.com.
      Acme Tools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


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WILLISTON, N.D. - October 30, 2014 - Acme Equipment, a division of Acme Tools, has broken ground on a new 6,000-square-foot service center in Williston, N.D. The facility will be located adjacent to Acme Tools on Highway 85 in Williston.
      The new Acme Equipment service center will support the company's growing sales of Kubota compact and utility-class construction equipment in the Bakken region. Completion of the new service center is scheduled for next March.
      "The new service center is designed to exceed all the manufacturer's technical service certification requirements with dedicated areas for service, parts and customer service," said Tim McCauley, general manager of Acme Tools' Williston store.
      Acme Tools is the only authorized Kubota dealer in the Bakken region offering a full line of tractors, compact excavators, compact track and skid steer loaders, and utility vehicles.
      Acme Tools opened its new Williston store in 2013. The store specializes in tool and equipment categories that support the building and construction industry in Williston and companies exploring and producing in the Bakken.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - October 6, 2014 - Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, today announced the start of business operations at its new distribution center in Grand Forks, N.D., in support of its growing Internet sales division.
       Acme Tools built the new 40,000-squarle-foot facility on an 11-acre site in the Grand Forks Business Park located adjacent to and west of Interstate 29. Acme Tools was the first company to purchase land in the business park.
      Designed to optimize the fulfillment process, the new distribution center opened with 20 Acme Tools employees and employment is projected to double in five years. The Grand Forks Business Park location also provides for future expansion to accommodate additional growth.
      "The online marketplace continues to record rapid year-over-year growth rates," said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. "Completion of the new distribution center centralizes our Internet sales operation and increases fulfillment efficiency, which will benefit our Web customers and retail operations who expect timely order processing and fast, on-time delivery from Acme Tools."
       The new Acme Tools Distribution Center features increased exterior surface space for trucks delivering products and loading outbound shipments, and increased interior space for inventory and staging areas providing more efficient receiving and shipping operations. A new high performance precision conveyor system, packing stations and mobile radio frequency technology maximizes product transfer and order fulfillment.
       "Acme Tools continues to offer e-retailing's finest assortment of tools, equipment and accessories in the industry," said Paul Kuhlman, vice president of merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. "Acme Tools will continue to invest in e-commerce technology and mobile technologies that guarantee response time performance and maximum site availability with excellent consistency for our customers."
       Since its relaunch in 2010 as AcmeTools.com, built on IBM WebSphere Commerce, Acme Tools has set the e-commerce standard for customer service and shopping experience for online retailers of tools and equipment. ResellerRatings.com, the leading merchant review platform, ranks Acme Tools the best rated online merchant of tools and equipment based on consumer reviews. AcmeTools.com is the only tool and equipment website supplying extensive product specifications on more than 25,000 products and providing the exclusive option of shopping by trade, category or brand.
       Founded in Grand Forks in 1948, Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is a multi-channel, premier retailer of tools and equipment with some of the largest showrooms in the country. The company stocks over 180,000 products from 3,500 manufacturers. Acme Tools has 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Career opportunities can be found at AcmeTools.Jobs.
       Acme Tools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


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FARGO, N.D. - July 23, 2014 - Acme Tools is donating a JLG 400S Telescopic Boom Lift for auction at the Steffes AgIron Auction Event on July 30 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, N.D. The boom lift is painted light pink, the internationally recognized color of the pink ribbon that is the official symbol of breast cancer awareness.
       Acme Tools is donating 100 percent of the auction proceeds to the Breast Cancer Awareness Association (BCAA) headquartered in Roseville, Minn.
       "Acme Tools is proud to support the Breast Cancer Awareness Association," said Dan Kuhlman, president and CEO of Acme Tools. "The organization's annual education conference in October fulfills a crucial need for breast health information."
       BCAA is an educational and inspirational non-profit organization that serves women and men in the region by providing easy access to support and information about breast cancer that enhances the quality of life for breast cancer survivors, family and friends.
       "This year's conference on October 11 in St. Paul brings the best medical and therapeutic breast health experts together to provide the latest information on a broad spectrum of breast cancer related issues," said Ann Harris, president of the Breast Cancer Awareness Association. "As a grass-roots organization, we are thankful for the generosity of Acme Tools and our other sponsors and supporters who make a difference and make our annual education conference possible every year."
       JLG Industries is the world's leading designer and manufacturer of access equipment. The JLG 400S Telescopic Boom Lift provides maximum horizontal and vertical outreach, and the fastest lift and drive speeds for unmatched productivity when working around different angles and crowded job sites.
       Founded in 1948 in Grand Forks, N.D., Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today has 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. The company also owns and operates Acme Rents, Acme Equipment and Dakota Fastening. More information is available online at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - April 21, 2014 - Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, today announced the launch of its new mobile version of AcmeTools.com for online customers using smartphones. Developed by BlueSky Technology Partners, the new mobile platform leverages Acme Tools' ongoing investment in IBM WebSphere Commerce to deliver a seamless online shopping experience regardless of how customers choose to browse and buy.
       Based on a recent IBM study, mobile traffic and sales have continued to soar as a component of overall online sales. In the fourth quarter of 2013, mobile traffic accounted for nearly 35 percent of all online traffic, up 40 percent year-over-year. In addition, mobile sales neared 17 percent of all online sales, an increase of 46 percent over the same period in 2012.
       The new Acme Tools mobile site is designed to reduce load time and enhance the user's experience making it easier to browse, search and purchase using a smartphone. Registered users can utilize cross-platform features that include saved wish lists, saved checkout and the convenience of completing a purchase on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. The new mobile site also offers click-to-call and store locator functions and excellent readability on smartphones.
       "The new mobile site expands Acme Tools' e-commerce capabilities," said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. "Mobile optimization ensures Acme Tools' online customers a consistent user experience regardless of platform."
       Mobile shoppers will find the same extensive product specifications unique to AcmeTools.com and the exclusive option of shopping by trade, category or brand.
       "We recognized the importance of having a mobile friendly site for our customers," stated Paul Kuhlman, vice president of merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. "Our online customers will experience the same excellent shopping experience whether they're using a smartphone, tablet or laptop."
       Acme Tools' new e-commerce platform is based on the latest version of IBM's WebSphere Commerce, the industry's leading customer interaction platform. Designed through IBM premier business partner BlueSky Technology Partners, WebSphere Commerce provides Acme Tools with a differentiated e-commerce experience to drive better customer engagement and increased sales through a single platform.
       Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience as a major industrial tool distributor and today is one of the premier retailers of tools and equipment with ten retail stores in the Upper Midwest and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 25,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.
       Acme Tools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - February 12, 2014 - Acme Tools today announced Bob Feeley has been named director of human resources for Acme Tools. He will lead all activities of the human resources staff and oversee all aspects of human resources for the company.
       Feeley brings more than 17 years of human resource management experience to Acme Tools. He holds a Master's of Human Resources degree from Central Michigan University and is a past president and board member of the Northeastern Dakota Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management. Feeley was most recently manager of human resources for Amazon.com in Grand Forks.
       Acme Tools is a major tool distributor and premier retailer of tools and equipment with ten retail locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 25,000 products online at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - February 5, 2014 - Acme Tools today unveiled its new e-commerce website at AcmeTools.com. The redesigned digital platform, built on IBM WebSphere Commerce and deployed by IBM business partner BlueSky Technology Partners, includes new features and functionality that deliver an exceptional experience to shoppers while making it easier to browse and search through Acme Tools' entire portfolio of industry leading tools and equipment.
       "We have upgraded our e-commerce channel to ensure we have the platform, technology and tools our online customers need and expect from Acme Tools," said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. "This relaunch of AcmeTools.com upholds our commitment to setting the standards for customer service and shopping experience as a leading authorized online retailer."
       The new AcmeTools.com provides visitors with a new look, new features and new functionality including:

  • Improved checkout process - streamlined for better user experience
  • Enhanced search functionality - faceted, historical and suggested searches
  • Newly designed pages and action buttons - streamlined for an optimized shopping experience

       Acme Tools' new platform is based on the latest version of IBM's WebSphere Commerce, the leading customer interaction platform that seamlessly drives cross-channel commerce across all touchpoints. Deployed through IBM premier business partner BlueSky Technology Partners, WebSphere Commerce provides Acme Tools with a differentiated commerce experience to drive better customer engagement and increased sales through a single platform.
       AcmeTools.com is the only tool and equipment e-commerce website supplying extensive product specifications for every product and providing customers the exclusive option of shopping by trade, category or brand.
       Acme Tools has more than 65 years of experience as a major industrial tool distributor and today is one of the premier retailers of tools and equipment with ten retail stores in the Upper Midwest and a leading authorized online retailer offering more than 25,000 products online at AcmeTools.com. AcmeTools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


2013


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - November 1, 2013 - Acme Rents, a division of Acme Tools, announces the launch of its new AcmeRents.com website. From a 60-foot boom lift to small power tools, customers can access more than 60 equipment rental catagories, check daily, weekly and monthly rental rates, shop used equipment inventory on the new Acme Rents website and match equipment to any project.
       "Acme Rents has the largest equipment rental inventory in the region," said Dave Young, director of rental operations for Acme Rents. "We specialize in renting what we sell at both Acme Tools and Acme Equipment."
       Established in 1995, Acme Rents is located throughout North Dakota and North Central Minnesota with facilities in Grand Forks, Bismarck, Fargo and Minot, North Dakota and Bemidji, Minnesota. Acme Rents offers the latest products from the top brands in the industry maintained by its in-house factory trained service departments.
       "Our multiple locations allow customers to rent from one location and return the equpment at another Acme Rents location if necessary," said Young. "We can also arrange for delivery of the rented equipment as requested by the customer."
       Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Acme Tools is a premier retailer of tools and equipment with10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and an authorized online retailer for every major tool brand at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - September 4, 2013 - Acme Tools, a major tool distributor and leading online retailer, today announced the new DeWalt line of heated jackets can be pre-ordered for September shipment at AcmeTools.com and at any of its ten retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
       Acme Tools is one of the first retailers in the country of offer the new DeWalt line of heated jackets powered by DeWalt 20V MAX or 12V MAX lithium ion batteries. The jackets are capable of providing hours of core body warmth and continuous heat.
       The new DeWalt line of heated jackets will be available in four different styles: a soft shell black work jacket (DCHJ060C1), a hooded black work jacket (DCHJ061C1), a True Timber camouflage jacket (DCHJ062C1) and a True Timber Blaze Orange camouflage jacket (DCHJ063C1). To view the complete line of DeWalt heated jackets visit www.acmetools.com/heatedjackets.
       Each heated jacket offers a water- and wind-resistant outer shell, an LED controller with three temperature settings plus pre-heat mode, and three core body heating zones: left and right chest, and back. The soft shell work jacket and camouflage jackets offer a fourth heating zone in the collar. The heating power is transferred from the batteries to the jacket by a USB power source that is also capable of charging up to two electronic devices that are USB-compatible.
       Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Acme Tools is an authorized online retailer for every major tool brand with more than 21,000 products from more than 340 manufacturers available at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - August 1, 2013 - Acme Tools, a major tool distributor and leading authorized online retailer, today announced the new expanded line of Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear can be pre-ordered for late August delivery online at AcmeTools.com and at its ten retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
       Acme Tools is one of the first retailers in the country to offer the expanded line of Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear with the introduction this year of M12 Heated Hoodies, a Special Edition Women's Heated Jacket and M12 Heated Hand Warmers.
       The new M12 Heated Hoodies are made from a thick cotton blend that is built to withstand the toughest jobsite wear and tear and are available in red (2370 & 2371), gray (2372 & 2373), khaki (2374 & 2375) and ANSI II High Visibility (2376 & 2377). Designed to be a great outer layer during the fall and spring, the waffle-weave polyester thermal liner and rib-knit cuffs also provide superior heat retention in cold weather.
During the winter, the M12 Heated Hoodie acts as a solitary mid-layer providing active heat and increased mobility by reducing the number of layers needed to keep warm. Like the original Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket (2340,2341,2344,2345), the M12 Heated Hoodie actively warms the body and stimulates blood circulation with three sewn-in carbon fiber heating zones on the chest and upper back to warm the user's core in even the coldest jobsite conditions. This durable heating element can be set to high, medium or low with the simple touch of a button on the lapel. Powered by M12 REDLITHIUM battery technology, the new hoodies offer up to six hours of active heat.
       The M12 Special Edition Women's Heated Jacket (2339) features a tailored fit with a thermal knit fleece lining and incorporates the iconic pink ribbon design to showcase Milwaukee's new partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Providing unmatched warmth and performance for all-day comfort in the cold, the new jacket is the most innovative women's jacket on the market today.
       The new M12 Heated Hand Warmers are ideal for the winter jobsite and hunting. Available in black (2322-20,2322-21) and Realtree Xtra Camouflage (2321-20,2321-21), the Heated Hand Warmers utilize two upgraded carbon fiber heating elements to actively heat hands for up to six hours.
       See the complete line of M12 Heated Gear at AcmeTools.com/heatedgear. Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Acme Tools is an authorized online retailer for every major tool brand with more than 20,000 products from more than 300 manufactures available online at AcmeTools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - May 15, 2013 - Acme Tools, a major tool distributor and leading authorized online retailer, today announced immediate availability of the new DeWalt XR line of cordless compact power tools online at acmetools.com and at its nine retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
       Acme Tools is one of the first retailers in the country to offer the newly launched DeWalt XR line of 20V power tools consisting of the DCD790B compact drill driver, DCD790D2 compact drill driver kit, the DCD795D2 hammerdrill, DCF886B compact impact driver, the DCF886D2 & DCF886M2 impact drivers with 2.0 and 4.0 high-capacity XR battery packs, the DCK281D2 compact drill & impact driver combo kit and the DCK286D2 compact hammerdrill & impact driver combo kit.
       The new DeWalt XR power tools feature a brushless motor delivering 57% more runtime than standard brushed motors and XR battery packs with 33% more capacity than standard DeWalt 20V MAX batteries.
       "Contractors will get more done with the extreme runtime these new DeWalt XR power tools deliver," said Paul Kuhlman, vice president of merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. "Acme Tools has the complete line of drills, impacts, batteries and combo kits in stock."
       The impact drivers, drill/driver and hammerdrill come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and a 90-day money-back guarantee. The 2.0 and 4.0 battery packs come with a three-year limited warranty, 90-day money-back guarantee and a two- and three-year free service contract, respectively.

DCD790B 20V LI-ION BRUSHLESS COMPACT DRILL/DRIVER (Tool Only)
DCD790D2 20V LI-ION BRUSHLESS COMPACT DRILL/DRIVER KIT
DCD795D2 20V LI-ION BRUSHLESS COMPACT HAMMERDRILL KIT
DCF886B 20V LI-ION BRUSHLESS COMPACT IMPACT DRIVER (Tool Only)
DCF886D2 20V LI-ION BRUSHLESS COMPACT IMPACT DRIVER KIT
DCF886M2 20V LI-ION BRUSHLESS COMPACT IMPACT DRIVER
DCK281D2 20V LI-ION BRUSHLESS COMPACT DRILL & IMPACT DRIVER COMBO KIT
DCK286D2 20V LI-ION BRUSHLESS COMPACT HAMMERDRILL & IMPACT DRIVER COMBO KIT
DCB203 20V 2.0AH LI-ION BATTERY
DCB203-2 20V 2.0AH LI-ION BATTERY 2 PACK
DCB204 20V 4.0 AH LI-ION BATTERY
DCB204-2 20V 4.0 AH LI-ION BATTERY 2 PACK

       Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Acme Tools is a leading authorized online retailer with more than 20,000 products from more than 300 manufacturers available online at acmetools.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - May 15, 2013 - Acme Tools, a major tool distributor and premier retailer of tools and equipment, today announced the launch of Acme Equipment. The new business provides sales and service for Acme's growing line of construction equipment brands.
       "Growth in equipment sales necessitated expanding and forming a new business to support the expansion," said Jim Christensen, equipment sales manager for Acme Equipment. "The new location provides the additional space needed to better serve our customers and allows for future growth."
       Acme Equipment is located at 3401 Gateway Drive in Grand Forks, N.D. The newly remodeled 40,000 sq.ft.-facility on seven acres features a large showroom, 15 service bays, full parts department and outdoor display areas.
       "Acme Equipment features brands that support the building and construction industry in the region," said Christensen.
       Kubota tractors, compact track loaders, excavators and Z series mowers, trailers from Diamond C and Wells Cargo, aerial lift equipment from JLG and Genie, portable light towers and generators from Magnum and Baldor, telehandlers from JLG, SkyTrak and Genie, forklifts from UniCarrier, temporary heating and ground thawing equipment from Heat King and Thawzall, LeeAgra fuel trailers, Land Pride ground maintenance equipment and other leading manufacturers and products are on display at Acme Equipment.
       Acme Equipment is celebrating its new location and opening with Kubota Days on May 22nd and 23rd.
       Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Acme Tools has nine retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Acme Tools is a leading authorized online retailer with more than 20,000 products from more than 300 manufacturers available online at acmetools.com.


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BLOOMINGTON, M.N.. - May 2, 2013 - ACME TOOLS of GRAND FORKS, ND, has earned the prestigious Summit Club award for 2012 from The Toro Company. This annual award is presented to qualifying Toro dealers In Recognition of Outstanding Sales of Residential Lawn Equipment.
       "This year's Summit Club award winners represent our best dealers in Toro's sales and service network across the United States," explains Scott Wozniak, director of sales for Toro's Residential and Landscape Contractor Businesses. "Their sales performance is a reflection of their overall commitment to delivering the best possible customer experience."
       As an award-winning Toro dealer, Acme Tools offers a complete line of Toro® products with the latest advancements — along with selection advice, hands-on demonstrations, special Toro promotions, plus financing offers for qualified customers. Customers can also count on Acme Tools for genuine Toro parts and accessories, as well as reliable service from technicians trained on Toro equipment.
       Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Acme Tools has nine retail locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. For more information on Toro products that perform season after season, visit www.acmetools.com or www.toro.com.

About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of more than $1.9 billion in fiscal 2012, Toro's global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation, and a commitment to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - April 9, 2013 - Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, today announced the opening of its new eBay store. The new store, http://stores.ebay.com/acmetools, connects Acme Tools to the world's largest online marketplace and the more than 100 million active eBay users.
       "The new eBay store expands our e-commerce channel," said Paul Kuhlman, vice president of merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. "Customers can now shop online at acmetools.com or at our new eBay store.
       The new Acme Tools eBay store offers more than 35 tool and equipment categories including power tools and accessories, outdoor power equipment and hand tools, and more than 300 brands and 8,000 products from such manufacturers as DeWalt, Milwaukee, Makita, Bosch, Irwin, Jet, Bostitch and Husqvarna.
       Celebrating its 65th anniversary, Acme Tools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


2012


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - November 19, 2012 - Acme Tools, a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, has declared an early start to the growing tradition of holiday shopping online for tool enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfer on Cyber Monday. Starting today, many of the tool industry's top brands will be on sale at www.acmetools.com with free shipping for orders over $199.
       Popular power tool brands such as DeWalt, Makita, Bostitch, Bosch, Porter Cable, Dremel, Black & Decker and Skil are offering special online promotion codes for additional holiday savings up to 25% off. Top woodworking machinery and accessories from Powermatic and Jet will be on sale with exclusive discounts for online shoppers with instant savings up to 20% off. Acme Tools offers over 17,000 items online.
       Visit www.acmetools.com for sales information and online promotion codes.
       Acme Tools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - November 13, 2012 - Acme Tools, a major tool distributor and premier retailer of tools and equipment, today announced plans to build its fifth North Dakota store in Williston, N.D. The new store, scheduled to open in late summer of 2013, will be the tenth Acme Tools retail location in the Upper Midwest.
       "Northwest North Dakota and northeast Montana are important and growing markets for Acme Tools," said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. "We needed to expand to better serve our existing customers from around the state that are working in the Williston area and new customers and companies moving into the region."
       The new Acme Tools store will feature 20,000 square feet of office, showroom and warehouse space located near the intersection of U.S. Highways 2 and 85 in Williston.
       "Our new store will feature tools and equipment to support the burgeoning building and construction industry in the Williston area and products for the oil and gas industry to support companies exploring and producing in the Bakken," said Kuhlman.
       The new Williston store will specialize in tool and equipment categories including power tools, concrete equipment, drywall tools, fasteners, generators, hand tools, scissor and boom lifts, light towers, trailers, tractors, trenchers, utility vehicles, skid steers, plumbing and pipe tools, material handling, metal working, pressure washers, safety equipment, truck and storage boxes, and surveying equipment from such manufacturers as DeWalt, Milwaukee, Ridgid, Kubota, Greenlee, Carhartt, Diamond C Trailers, Knaack, Weatherguard and Sumner. The store will initially create 15 new jobs for which Acme Tools is currently seeking applications on its website.
       Acme Tools is a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment with more than 15,000 products from more than 300 manufacturers available online at www.acmetools.com.
       Acme Tools has more than 60 years of experience as a major industrial tool distributor and today is one of the premier retailers of tools and equipment with some of the largest showrooms in the country. Acme Tools has retail stores in Grand Forks, Bismarck, Fargo and Minot, N.D., Bemidji, Duluth and Minneapolis, Minn., and Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa.
       Acme Tools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - August 29, 2012 - Acme Tools President Daniel Kuhlman had the honor of acting as the official starter at last weekend's IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Kuhlman dropped the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in front of 145,000 race fans.
       IRWIN Tools introduced Kuhlman during pre-race ceremonies and selected him in recognition of Acme Tools being a leading distributor and authorized online retailer of IRWIN Tools professional grade hand tools and power tool accessories.
       Grand Forks-based Acme Tools has more than 60 years of experience as a major industrial tool distributor and is one of the premier retailers of tools and equipment in the country serving the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


2011


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - May 16, 2011 - Acme Tools, a major tool distributor and premier retailer of tools and equipment, today announced the release of its new 2011 Buyers Guide. The new Acme Tools Buyers Guide features 600-pages of products representing a comprehensive selection of tools and equipment from the industry's leading manufacturers.
       The new Buyers Guide is designed to save contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers time and money by serving as an all-inclusive source for products available from Acme Tools. The Buyers Guide is available at all Acme Tools retail stores and online at www.acmetools.com/buyersguide.
       Acme Tools has more than 60 years of experience as a major industrial tool distributor and today is one of he premier retailers of tools and equipment with some of the largest showrooms in the country. The company stocks over 174,000 products from 3,100 manufacturers and is a recognized leader bringing new products to the market. Acme Tools retail stores are located in Grand Forks, Bismarck, Fargo and Minot, North Dakota, Bemidji, Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa.
       Acme Tools launched its new retail website – www.acmetools.com – last year and is a leading online retailer of tools and equipment with more than 12,000 products from more than 200 manufacturers available online. Acme Tools is an authorized online retailer for DeWalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita, Delta, Jet, Porter Cable, Toro, Stanley and other leading manufacturers.
       Acme Tools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - April 28, 2011 - Acme Tools, a major tool distributor and premier retailer of tools and equipment, today announced its expansion to offer industrial woodworking machinery and tooling products to customers in the Upper Midwest. Products from more than 60 major manufacturers are being added to support the production needs of window and door manufacturers, cabinet makers and furniture producers.
       Acme Tools also announced Gerry McDonald has joined the organization in the position, sales support-industrial woodworking, and Greg Hennek and Chris Olstead have been named outside sales representatives. McDonald, Hennek and Olstead were previously with G. C. Peterson Machinery in St. Paul, Minn., and bring 75 years of combined industry experience to Acme Tools.
       Acme Tools will offer a full line of industrial woodworking machinery, tooling and supplies from Anderson America, Cehisa, Doucet, Powermatic, Precision Edge, Royce//Ayr, SawStop, Striebig, TigerStop, 3M and numerous other leading manufacturers.
       Acme Tools has more than 60 years of experience as a major industrial tool distributor and today is one of he premier retailers of tools and equipment with some of the largest showrooms in the country. The company stocks over 174,000 products from 3,100 manufacturers and is a recognized leader bringing new products to the market. Acme Tools retail stores are located in Grand Forks, Bismarck, Fargo and Minot, North Dakota, Bemidji, Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa.
       Acme Tools launched a new retail website – www.acmetools.com – last year and is a leading online retailer of tools and equipment with more than 11,500 products from more than 200 manufacturers available online. Acme Tools is an authorized online retailer for DeWalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita, Delta, Jet, Porter Cable, Toro, Stanley and other leading manufacturers.
       Acme Tools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.


2010


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - February 24, 2010 - Acme Tools today announced it has reentered Internet retailing to provide customers with the added option of ordering products online. The new acmetools.com website features the latest e-commerce technologies and e-retailing's finest assortment of tools, equipment and accessories in the industry.
       "Acme Tools is once again offering consumers the flexibility, convenience and value of doing business with us online," said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. "Acme is committed to setting the standards for customer service and shopping experience in the online marketplace for tools and equipment."
       Acme Tools' new website is designed to provide maximum site availability and response time performance that will optimize the customer's shopping experience. More than 10,000 products will be offered on the site. Acme's new site provides unique features and functions for consumers researching their purchase or comparison shopping online. Acmetools.com is the only tools and equipment website supplying extensive product specifications for every product and providing customers the exclusive option of shopping by trade, category or brand.
       "Consumers are increasingly showing their preference for Web stores," stated Paul Kuhlman, vice president of merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. "Our new retail website will keep us competitive and provide growth opportunities in the future."
       Acme Tools pioneered a national catalog business that led to Acme launching one of the first and most successful Internet tool stores in the industry. Acme sold the online and catalog sales division to Amazon.com in 1999. Acme Tools has spent the ensuing years expanding its retail locations in Iowa and Minnesota.
       Acme Tools has more than 60 years of experience as a major industrial tool distributor and today is one of the premier retailers of tools and equipment with some of the largest showrooms in the country. The company stocks over 174,000 products from 3,100 manufacturers and is a recognized leader bringing new products to the market. Acme Tools has retail stores in Grand Forks, Bismarck, Fargo and Minot, North Dakota, Bemidji, Duluth and Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa. Acme is an authorized online retailer for DeWalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita, Delta, Jet, Porter Cable, Toro, Stanley and other leading manufacturers.
       Acme Tools serves the building, remodeling, woodworking and landscaping needs of contractors, woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers.