AKRON OHIO, JANUARY 15, 2015 -- Akron Hardware Consultants, Inc. has named Roy Crute as president of its wholesale operations, which includes the Hardware Suppliers brand. He will replace Ken Orihel, who has held the position since 1990. Orihel will remain with Akron Hardware as Chief Executive Officer.
Crute officially assumed the duties of President on Dece. 1, 2014, and will report to the Officers and the Board of Directors.
Crute has been part of the Akron Hardware organization since 1981. He began as a warehouse laborer, then moved into the sales department as a salesman, and eventually promoted to sales manager. In his most recent position, he served as vice president of sales.
“Roy has been an integral part of Akron Hardware for over 30 years. He has the respect of our employees and customers, as well as a history of proven success. He has a track record of building a high performance culture based on employee development and a customer-driven focus,” Orihel said. “Roy’s experience in our industry, including brand building, employee development and channel expertise will be invaluable to the continued growth of our business.”
Akron Hardware and Hardware Suppliers specialize in the wholesale distribution of security and hardware products for commercial, retail and residential applications. With its corporate headquarters in Akron, Ohio, Akron operates distribution centers in Arizona, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Texas.
The Hardware Suppliers brand maintains a sales center in North Carolina.