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More to Explore at the National Hardware Show®!
In the past two days, you've likely explored the Show floor, discovered cool products, learned about interesting retail concepts and more. Read this newsletter for a recap of Day 2 of the Show and to plan for tomorrow. 

In This Issue:

Tomorrow's Schedule

Thursday, May 11

  • 9 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.
    Last Chance Look From the Show Floor
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: NRHA and
    Hardware Retailing
  • 10 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
    Building on Higher Ground
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: The Fuller Center for Housing
  • 11 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.
    New Product Launch Awards
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: Amazon

  • 11:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
    New Product World Awards
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: DIY Network

Reimagine Retail Winner Takes $100K Home to Idaho

A winner was announced, industry speakers shared their advice and new products were recognized. It was all part of the busyness and excitement of Day 2 of the National Hardware Show®.

“We had a very successful first day yesterday, with a great turnout and lots of enthusiasm from our attendees and exhibitors, and we saw much of the same today,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “We are so pleased to see the strong turnout and positive atmosphere throughout the convention center.”

Caribou Jack’s Trading Co. in Soda Springs, Idaho, was announced as the winner of the Reimagine Retail program, which is sponsored by the National Hardware Show. Owner Robert Lau and his staff will use the money to build an in-store café where they can host in-store grilling and cooking events and provide a space for members of the community to use at no charge.
Lau says he’s excited and honored to be awarded the prize money.

“There wasn’t a bad idea in the group of finalists,” he says. “Our next phase is to work with our local health department and then start laying out the kitchen. Then construction starts. We hope to be live by Labor Day.”

He says he’s looking forward to providing the community with another gathering space.
“It’s about accumulating experiences, and a café lends itself to that,” says Lau. “It’s the vibe, the experience. And there isn’t a lot of community space in our town, so this will be a good place for community groups to gather.”

“Congratulations to all of our finalists!” says Russo. “We are so excited about all the ideas you all had for the futures of your stores.”

Attendees and exhibitors alike were excited to be back for another busy day at the Show.

“I enjoy seeing all the new products,” says Tim Buchheit of Buchheit Enterprises, which is based in Perryville, Missouri. “I also like hearing from the speakers. I learn a lot that I can bring back to the store.”

“It’s a huge show and a great show,” says Annette Dalton of Cardinal Gates, which manufacturers child and pet safety products and was at the Show for its first year. “We’ve enjoyed it.”

Read on in this newsletter to learn more about today's speakers, awards presentations and more.

NRHA All-Industry Conference Speakers Discuss Stores and Service

Today, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) once again was full of excitement as attendees came to the NRHA Village Stage to gain insights into the retail industry. 

Eugene Andreassi, vice president of retail services for Benjamin Moore, introduced attendees to the paint company's new Store of the Future concept. He kicked off the morning by diving in to the concept, its origins and developments and how the new retail model mirrors the future of what consumers are expecting.

"Customers today are more demanding," Andreassi says. "Everything has to be customized and engineered for the individual. They are completely unforgiving of any flaws in the process. The store of the future concept addresses those demands." 

Today's keynote presentation was delivered by retail expert Mary Walter. She discussed customer service and engagement strategies and gave insights on how retailers can inspire their teams to provide winning service.

"Hiring great people is your best protection and another place where independent retailers have a remarkable advantage," Walter says. 

Also speaking at the Show was Jim Robisch of The Farnsworth Group. His presentation, "The Store is STILL Important", provided proprietary consumer research that suggests the in-store experience still plays a critical role in shoppers' buying habits.

"Retailers must respond to the rapidly changing expectations of customers in order to remain relevant," Robisch says. 

This afternoon, the NRHA Village Stage hosted several awards ceremonies. These included the Top Gun Awards: Young Guns edition, the Reimagine Retail winner, and a variety of other awards ceremonies, including Made in USA, the PDRA Scholarship Presentation and the Raise the Roof Run Awards, presented by the Fuller Center for Housing.

The All-Industry Conference wraps up tomorrow. The Last Chance From the Show Floor panel will give attendees a chance to hear about the exhibits they should catch in the last few hours of the Show. Then, The Fuller Center for Housing will hold a presentation to discuss the work they are doing to provide housing for those in need. After that, be sure to look out for the New Product Launch Awards, presented by Amazon and the New Product World Awards, presented by the DIY Network. 

NRHA’s Top Guns Awards "Young Guns" Honorees Celebrated at Panel

Today, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NHRA) and Hardware Retailing magazine honored some of the brightest, most innovative retailers in the independent home improvement industry.

“These four honorees have all embraced education and networking opportunities and are leading innovators for the future of the independent home improvement industry,” says Scott Wright, executive director of NRHA’s Retail Leadership Institute.

Attendees were able to listen to the recipients of the annual Top Guns Awards as they talked about current trends and challenges in the industry.

This year’s awards program is a special “Young Guns” edition, highlighting next-generation retail leaders. The four honorees were part of a panel this afternoon, where they offered insights into goals for their businesses and further discussed what they see ahead for the future of the industry.

The winners are Scott Jerousek of Farm & Home Hardware in Wellington, Ohio; Diana Brunjes Newton of Bay Hardware in Seal Beach, California; Jonathan Miller of Miller Hardware in Valdosta, Georgia; and Matt Woods of Woods Hardware in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Products Focusing on Energy Efficiency Stand Out on the Show Floor

Today’s consumer is constantly searching for ways to save money and reduce energy whenever possible. Due to that growing concern, the National Hardware Show® helps attendees find all of the latest and greatest products that are energy efficient. These vendors can be found throughout the Show floor.

One exhibitor in this area is Lifan Power USA, which produces small gasoline engines.

This year, the company is showcasing a new line of electric pumps. CEO Larry Cotten says they try to add some new products every year.

Lifan Power USA is no stranger to the National Hardware Show; Cotten says they’ve been at the Show for the past 13 or 14 years.

“We’re introducing new products, meeting new customers and getting a chance to visit with current ones,” he says. “We do business in the United States and Canada and some throughout South America.

“We often see those contacts once a year—here at the Show,” he says.

Well-Known Figures Bring Excitement to the Las Vegas Convention Center

The National Hardware Show® has become well known for its unique products, tailgate area and entertainment each year. One other aspect that creates excitement is the attendance of famous and well-known people that attendees can meet and mingle with in real life.

Whether it’s a star from an HGTV show or Bob Vila himself, the National Hardware Show is never one to disappoint.

Yesterday, Michael King, also known as “the Cajun Contractor,” made an appearance at the Dressel Designs booth #7165. King has been in the home improvement and home construction industry for nearly 30 years. For more than a decade, his syndicated television and radio program, “HomeTalk with Michael King,” has been a resource for DIYers and experts alike.

Those who stopped by the FireAde booth #3639 yesterday had the chance to meet well-known drag racer Leah Pritchett. She started driving Junior Dragsters at 8 years old, and over the years, she hasn’t slowed down a bit. In the 2016 season, she finished seventh in
NHRA’s Top Fuel World Championship.

For cooking fans, Celebrity Chef Kevin Roberts, known as "The Food Dude," has been on hand in the Tailgate area at the Dometic booth #Outdr112. Roberts has been demonstrating how to cook tasty snacks using Dometic RV appliances. He held demos yesterday and today and then cooked up his famous sliders at the Tailgate Party yesterday afternoon. If you've missed his demos or want to try his food, your last chance is tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at booth #Outdr112. 

If you enjoy watching a live radio show in action, you’re in luck. Gary Sullivan of “At Home with Gary Sullivan” will be at booth #5221, where he will host his live radio show with Tara Garcia.

YARDMAX (booth #12563) hosted James and Morris Carey of “On The House with The Carey Brothers.” They broadcast their radio show from 10 a.m. until noon today. Yesterday, they were on hand at the Danco booth (#2215).

Make One Last Trip Around the Show Floor on Thursday

The 72nd annual National Hardware Show® wraps up tomorrow, but there’s still plenty of action for attendees to find on the Show floor.

Join staff and representatives from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) in the NRHA Village at 9 a.m. tomorrow for a group panel, “Last Chance Look From the Show Floor.” This group is highly engaged with the hardware industry and will look back on everything that caught their attention throughout the Show so you can put these items and must-see products on your last-minute to-do list.

After the panel, make a loop around the Show floor and then return to the NRHA Village at 11 a.m. to see two product awards ceremonies.

The New Product Launch Awards, presented by Amazon, showcases the newest products that aren’t yet on the market. See which of these products won over the judges.

At 11:15 a.m., the DIY Network will present the New Product World Awards, which are the best new products that exceed expectations in aesthetics, differentiation and uniqueness; how well they fill a consumer need; their overall value; and packaging and merchandising support.

These presentations conclude the NRHA Village Stage sessions for this year’s Show, but the Show itself won’t close for a little while longer, so be sure to make the most of every last minute.

Not-to-Miss New Products

The National Hardware Show® is the place to find new products. From Inventors Spotlight, to New Product World, to New Product Launch, there's no shortage of where to find the newest, most innovative products in the industry.

Even visiting exhibitors' booths might turn up the next best-selling product for your business! Make sure to check out the exhibitors listed here and learn more about all they have to offer.


The Chapin 24V Rechargeable Backpack Sprayer features a lithium ion battery that provides two hours of continuous spraying—up to 58 gallons on a single charge. A battery charger is included. See Chapin’s extensive line of sprayers and spreaders at booth #12503 in the North Hall, or visit

Inventor Lady

The Inventor Lady, Rita Crompton, helps inventors take new products to market and this year is featuring 20 new products in booth #7840. Attendees can ride on the Hoverboard Buddy System or try the newest in wheelbarrow technology. See products that make gardening more productive as well as work products to move heavy loads. To learn more, visit

The Gorilla Glue Company

The Gorilla Glue Company will have several products on hand, including Clear Gorilla Glue and Gorilla Sealant. The glue is an easy-to-use, crystal clear, nonfoaming formula ideal for indoor and outdoor applications. All three sealants are water-ready in 30 minutes or less, mold- and mildew-resistant and won’t yellow, shrink or crack over time. Visit booth #4715 or

GE Lighting

At the National Hardware Show®, GE is rolling out an introduction to C by GE bulbs, which include voice control providing compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. The new C by GE translator unlocks this feature, allowing consumers to turn on and off their C by GE lights, dim them and control bulbs individually or in groups with voice command. Visit booth #3215 or visit


Rubber-Cal’s Diamond-Plate rubber flooring is a surfacing solution for
gyms, basements and garages. This rolled flooring product is 4 feet wide and is available in custom lengths. Rubber-Cal also offers stair treads and vinyl mats with the Diamond-Plate design. Visit Rubber-Cal at booth #4424 to learn more about these products, or go to

Featured Exhibitors

Xtreme Cables

Xtreme Cables was established in 1999 and is now recognized as a leading supplier to some of the world’s largest distributors. The company creates a variety of products, including HDMI cables, wall brackets and tablet cases.

Attendees who stop by Xtreme Cables in booth #3224 can see the latest Energizer-branded product line.

They deal primarily with tech products as well as making fidget spinners.

To learn more about Xtreme Cables, visit their booth, or go to

Old Masters

Old Masters is a family-owned paint stains and finishes company that’s been around since 1926.

The company is debuting its new water-based finishes product line, called Masters Armor™, at the Show. These are meant to replace polyurethane and varnishes. It’s easier to apply, less expensive and more durable.

To learn about the latest product line, visit booth #2712 for in-person demonstrations, or go to

Humex North America

Humex North America, a family operation that’s been in business for 30 years, is known for its large selection of moisture absorbers. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing them to fit in any room or type of decor. The moisture absorbers remove moistures from the air, and many are scented.

“We have a product for every one of our consumers’ needs,” says Michael Schmidt, international sales manager.

Stop by booth #3340 to see everything Humex North America has to offer.

Mascot Metal Manufacturers

Mascot Metal Manufacturers is exhibiting at the National Hardware Show® for a second year. The company specializes in cabinet and gate hardware, door hinges and other decorative hardware. The products come in a variety of styles and colors, and are made with many different types of metals.

“No matter what our customer needs, we have the solution,” says Mayank Agrawal, a partner with the company. “We can even do custom manufacturing.”

Learn more at or by visiting booth #7049.

Don't forget to stop by these incredible exhibitors

  • Alpine Corp.
    Booth #28002
  • Argee Corp.
    Booth #13003
  • Butler Home Products—(Black+Decker)
    Booth #19017
  • Exaco Trading
    Booth #28083
  • Gardenex
    Booth #16066
  • Gro Products
    Booth #18120
  • Royal Oak Enterprises LLC
    Booth #13128
  • Seirus Innovation
    Booth #6531
  • Swan Products
    Booth #21021
  • Trimaco
    Booth #7818

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