March 16, 2011 10:00 ET

Ink-O-Dem® Ramping Ink Refilling for up to 30 Ace® Hardware Stores in Chicago Region

Inkjet Refills Help People Go Green and Save Cash; Hundreds of Ink Locations Now in the Chicago Area

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - Ink-O-Dem today announced it is ramping up to 30 Ace Hardware stores in the Chicago region with its increasingly popular inkjet cartridge refilling service. Ace Hardware is one of the nation's largest and oldest hardware retail cooperative networks with 4,400 stores in the US. This notable expansion brings more convenience than ever to Chicagoans with nearly 50 additional locations in the region offering Ink-O-Dem's ink cartridge refilling service, including two Micro Center® stores in Chicago and Westmont, Fry's Electronics® in Downers Grove, the University of Illinois at Chicago and hundreds of Walgreens® stores.

The enormous success and popularity of inkjet cartridge refills at earlier Ace Hardware locations affirms these latest stores to the Ink-O-Dem ink cartridge refill lineup. Ink-O-Dem has refilling stations at Ace Hardware stores throughout the US, with further expansion planned. For a complete listing, please visit

Ink-O-Dem inkjet cartridge refills cost half of what a new cartridge costs with no sacrifice in quality, so Ace Hardware's customers no longer have to spend a lot of money on printer ink for their home office or business. In addition, refilling printer cartridges, instead of throwing them away, spares landfills about 60,000 tons of industrial grade plastic every year, according to Lyra Research.

Frank Honold of Ink-O-Dem stated, "Inkjet cartridge refilling has really become popular with our customers throughout the country. It's yet another way we can help people go green and save money as well. Now that more people are aware that Ace Hardware has this very affordable and eco-friendly service from Ink-O-Dem, it quickly became a demand we needed to meet with a sizeable expansion. Our customers just love it."

About Ace Hardware
For more than 85 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the helpful hardware store by both customers and communities. In 2010, Ace ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Home Improvement Stores for the Fourth Consecutive Year," according to J.D. Power and Associates. With approximately 4,400 locally owned and operated hardware, home center and building materials stores, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and one in Shanghai, China, and its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit

About Ink-O-Dem
Ink-O-Dem is the leader in integrated inkjet cartridge refilling and testing solutions for retail and university environments and refills over 5 million cartridges a year. Compatible with 95 percent of the integrated inkjet cartridges available, Ink-O-Dem provides consumers with a 50 percent savings over buying new printer cartridges. Black cartridge refills are $9.99 and color refills are $14.99. Independently tested under the strictest industry quality standards by the Rochester Institute of Technology, Ink-O-Dem inks are comparable in quality to original manufacturer inks. Ink-O-Dem is now in thousands of locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Delighted customers include Ace Hardware, Hi-School Pharmacy, Micro Center, Shopko, Walgreens, other major chain retailers, and several distinctive universities. Ink-O-Dem saved consumers approximately $50 million last year with inkjet cartridge refills. Visit or call (815) 331-3200 for more information. Follow Ink-O-Dem on Twitter @InkODemRefill

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