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The Hardware Connection Wins Major Awards

What do Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Wine Enthusiast, Forbes, Consumer Reports, Reader’s Digest and Popular Science have in common?

These respected magazine brands joined The Hardware Connection as 2020 winners of prestigious Eddie Awards for editorial excellence from FOLIO magazine.

The Hardware Connection is proud to announce that the industry’s leading digital publication has been honored with the 2020 Special Recognition Award for Overall Editorial Excellence in the B2B category for our special two-part series—Century Club: The Innovators and Survivors Who Helped Build America. 

The Hardware Connection was also honored with a 2020 Eddie Award for Best Single Article in the B2B category for the December 2019 cover story by Chris Jensen—Restoring Hope & Prosperity to a Dying But Resilient Town. This article was previously honored with a 2020 Bronze AZBEE Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for Best Individual Profile.

The Century Club series was also recognized with an honorable mention Eddie Award for Best Series of Articles in the B2B category.

Chris Jensen earned honorable mention for a Special Recognition Award for Editor of the Year across all magazine types.

In addition, Chris Jensen, editor/founder/principal of The Hardware Connection, earned honorable mention status for a Special Recognition Award for Editor of the Year across all magazine types. This recognition stems from his work to create and develop the Century Club series.

The Century Club series, which ran in our May-June 2019 and July-August 2019 issues, chronicled the stories of numerous century-old hardware and LBM stores and included a comprehensive list of more than 600 retailers, 175 manufacturers and a dozen wholesalers that were founded in the United States and remained in business after 100 or more years, as well as a timeline of hardware manufacturing innovation through the years. The full list of Century Club companies, which continues to be updated, can be found here.

For more than 25 years, the Eddie & Ozzie Awards have recognized excellence in magazine editorial and design across all digital and print channels. FOLIO’s cornerstone awards program attracted thousands of entries from consumer and trade publications based in the U.S.

The Hardware Connection, which was founded in 2009, has now won 12 awards for editorial excellence in the past seven years—five of those awards have come in 2020!

“We strive to bring our readers editorial content that is relevant and retail-focused. Gaining this recognition from the premier awards program in the media and publishing industry is especially gratifying, because it signifies that leading publishing experts agree that our editorial approach is hitting the mark,” stated Jensen. 

He added, “The Century Club series was a true labor of love. It was a collaborative effort from our entire team over two years to share important historical context about the hardware and home improvement industry. This award recognition is really a salute to the remarkable achievement of longevity by so many Century Club companies.”

Here are the previous awards for editorial excellence won by The Hardware Connection:

• 2019 honorable mention Eddie Award from FOLIO for Best Full Issue 

• 2019 FOLIO Digital Awards honorable mention for Best Digital Magazine

• 2018 Eddie Award from FOLIO for Breaking News Coverage

• 2018 honorable mention Eddie Award from FOLIO for Best Full Issue

• 2018 Regional Bronze Award for Best E-Zine from the American Society of Business Publication Editors

• 2017 Eddie Digital Award from FOLIO for Best Standalone Digital Magazine in the B2B category.

• 2015 Regional Bronze Award for Best E-Zine from the American Society of Business Publication Editors

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