Lowe's has been helping our customers improve the places they call home for more than 60 years. Founded in 1946, Lowe’s has grown from a small hardware store to the 2nd largest home improvement retailer worldwide. Lowe’s stores stock 40,000 products in 20 product categories ranging from appliances to tools, to paint, lumber and nursery products. Lowe’s has hundreds of thousands of more products available by Special Order – offering everything customers need to build, maintain, beautify and enjoy their homes. Lowe's operates more than 1,750 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 2010, Lowe's earned several notable industry distinctions, including: • Ranked 49 on the FORTUNE 500 • Two-time winner of the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in Retail • Contributed $30 million to schools and community organizations • Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award, Gold Winner • Corporate Partner of the Year Award from the Urban League of Central Carolinas • USA Weekend magazine presented Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation and Rebuilding Together with the Make a Difference Day Award.
At Lowe's, we believe community involvement extends beyond the boundaries of the traditional retail setting. Whether it's helping with natural disaster recovery or taking an active role in programs that make our neighborhoods better places to live, we are committed to helping our neighbors through alliances with well-respected organizations. For more than 60 years, Lowe's has supported the communities we call home. At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to make ends meet, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes that we must increase our focus on basic, one-time project needs.
Lowe's was honored nationally for our work protecting and conserving natural resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and educating consumers about energy and water efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy honored Lowe's with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for the second consecutive year in 2011. Lowe's is the only ENERGY STAR partner ever to receive the top honor in product retailing, and we’ve received nine consecutive ENERGY STAR honors.