Founded in 1924, Ace Hardware Corp. is one of the leaders in the hardware industry. Based in Chicago, Ill., it offers a host of products under categories that includes hand and power tools, electrical, plumbing, cleaning, lawn and garden, paint/paint sundries and automotive. The company operates through more than 4,600 stores in all 50 states and over 60 countries. Ace stores offer a variety of hardware and fix-and-replace type products, as well as niche items and services. Ace Hardware Corp. operates 14 distribution centers in the United States and one in Shanghai, China.