Lowe’s Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. The company provides home improvement products under the categories of appliances, lawn and landscape, fashion electrical, lumber, building materials, paint, home fashions, storage and cleaning, rough plumbing, flooring, tools, seasonal living, millwork, hardware, fashion plumbing, nursery, and cabinets and countertops, as well as boards, panel products, irrigation pipe, vinyl siding, and ladders. It also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories. The company serves homeowners and renters consisting of do-it-yourself customers and do-it-for-me customers; and commercial business customers who work in construction, repair/remodel, commercial and residential property management, or business maintenance professions. As of August 3, 2012, it operated 1,748 stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company also offers its products through Lowes.com. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.