United Hardware Distributing Co. is a dealer-owned corporation based in Plymouth, Minnesota which provides distribution services for about 610 member-owned stores, the majority of which operate under the Hardware Hank trade name. In addition, the company services about 800 other stores owned by non-members. 2006 sales were $183 million. It was founded in 1945 as a furniture and hardware distributor. The furniture division was sold in 1953, and it became a dealer-owned retailers' cooperative in 1957 when majority control was assumed by a group of hardware store owners. In addition to servicing the Hardware Hank stores, United Hardware also services TrustWorthy Hardware Stores, Golden Rule Lumber Centers, and Ranch & Pet Supply stores. It is a member of the Distribution America buying group.
The company serves as a distributor in the following states (number of Hardware Hank stores in parentheses): Colorado (7), Idaho (2), Illinois (5), Indiana , Iowa (53), Kansas (5), Kentucky, Michigan (5), Minnesota (160), Missouri, Montana (24), Nebraska (15), North Dakota (45), Ohio, South Dakota (35), Utah, Wisconsin (71), and Wyoming (10).
According to the National Retail Hardware Association, United Hardware is the fifth largest wholesaling and distribution cooperative in the hardware store industry in the United States, behind Ace Hardware, Do it Best, True Value, and Handy Hardware.