Our Company

Founded in the Spirit of Service

Max Hillman

Max W. Hillman Founder

The Hillman Group was started in 1964 as a fastener company, serving independently-owned hardware stores. During the past five decades, we’ve leveraged our unique ability to simplify the hardware buying experience and become the industry leader to top home improvement and local hardware retailers.

Our founder, Max W. Hillman, Sr., led the company with an emphasis on outstanding service, quality products and with an innovative spirit. Even though we’ve grown into a North American category leader with more than 130,000 SKUs, his values and principles continue to inspire our team.

 As a result, we work, act and think like a true partner for retailers of all sizes across North America. We are proud of the support we provide and the relationships we’ve built with more than 26,000 companies, including Lowe’s, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, Ace Hardware, True Value, Do-It-Best, Walmart, Canadian Tire and many more.

Who We Are

Delivering simple solutions to a complex world.

To be the leading North American provider of complete hardware solutions, delivered with industry best customer service and sales support.
Small business experience with big business efficiency;
Passionate team members delivering outstanding customer service;
Innovative solutions; and;
A one team, winning culture.
  • 2006 - 2008; 2010 - 2015 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100
  • 2014 & 2015 Cincinnati Business Courier Fast 55
  • 2015 United Hardware Departmental Vendor of the Year - Builders
  • 2015 Do It Best - Best Vendor Award
  • 2015 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service
  • Pillar Award for Community Service presented by Smart Business, three consecutive years
  • Platinum Level Sponsor award from the National Breast Cancer Foundation