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Stride Tool Recognized by Women’s Business Enterprise
National Council for Fourth Consecutive Year

ELLICOTTVILLE, NY (September, 2003) – For the fourth consecutive year, Stride Tool has been recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a certified Women’s Business Enterprise. The WBENC certification is one of the most widely recognized official recognitions in the nation and is accepted by more than 500 U.S. companies. This certification is useful for corporations and government agencies looking to meet established goals in their supplier diversity programs.

According to Stride Tool CEO Lori Northrup, many of Stride Tool’s corporate clients have requirements to increase their purchasing from minority suppliers. This certification means clients who choose Stride Tool, a WBENC-certified company, are able to meet their corporate goals.

“I’m pleased that in our technical, manufacturing-oriented industry, Stride Tool is a certified, woman-owned business. It gives our tool customers an extra advantage in meeting their corporate requirements. While we exceed our customers’ expectations in all other areas as a supplier, I’m happy we’re able to provide them with this additional benefit, and help them meet their diversity goals.”

The certification process includes a review of issues such as corporate governance, ownership, board-level decision-making, articles of incorporation and key approval and authority levels. In addition, the WBENC conducts an in-person interview with the company CEO. 

The WBENC is the leading advocate of woman-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations and is also one of the three largest third-party certifiers of businesses owned and operated by women. They work to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners.

Headquartered in Ellicottville, NY, Stride Tool designs, manufactures and markets professional hand tools for a global customer base. Its brands are sold through retail, industrial, and automotive distribution.The privately held company operates production facilities in Illinois, New York and Ohio. 

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