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The 2017 National Hardware Show® Comes to an End!
Today was the last chance to enjoy all that the National Hardware Show® has to offer. Over the past three days, attendees have been able to discover new and innovative products, meet vendors, mingle with industry leaders and more.

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National Hardware Show® Comes to a Close

Today marked the final day of the most exciting hardware industry event—the National Hardware Show®. Industry leaders, manufacturers and retailers spent the past three days on the hunt for new products, attending educational seminars and connecting with peers.  

The Show began Tuesday and ended today at the Las Vegas Convention Center and it featured thousands of exhibitors and attracted more than 20,000 attendees.

This year, one independent retailer walked home from the Show with more than just great ideas, but also $100,000 from winning the Reimagine Retail program, which is sponsored by the National Hardware Show®. Caribou Jack's Trading Co. in Soda Springs, Idaho, was announced as the winner of the program on Wednesday. Owner Robert Lau and his staff will use the money to build an in-store cafe, where they can host grilling and cooking events and provide a space for members of the community to use at no charge.
The Show co-located with the Lancaster Buying Show to offer a wide assortment of products from the paint and paint sundries category. Additionally, the Show partnered with the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA), the association presenting its All-Industry Conference at the NRHA Village. The conference offered seminars on topics such as understanding the mind of consumers to helping retailers discover how they can set themselves apart through strong and personalized customer services. 
Many companies and retailers were honored at the Show, presented with awards recognizing innovation, business acumen and retailing vision. The awards included the Industry’s Top Gun Awards program, where NRHA presented the Young Guns award to recognize the work of four of the industry’s best independent home improvement retailers. 
The Show offered fun, too—attendees enjoyed food fresh off the grills in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ area, and even had the chance to hang out at the luau party in the Silver Parking Lot on Wednesday. 

Last Chance Look: Show Watchers Weigh In

This morning, representatives from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) gathered at the NRHA Village Stage to share their thoughts on this year’s National Hardware Show® and provided attendees suggestions on favorite products to search before the Show came to a close. 
"This was my first time attending the National Hardware Show, and it was my first time coming to Las Vegas,” says Katie McHone-Jones, event manager and retail support at NRHA. “From an event standpoint, it was truly amazing to see how well the entire event was put together. Seeing all the vendor booths and walking the floor, I know it took a lot of planning and prepapring. It's been a great experience and I can't wait to return in the future!” 
Dan Tratensek, publisher of Hardware Retailing magazine, led the discussion with panel members that included NRHA staffers and guests, which included McHone-Jones, Renee Changnon, Deanna Tratensek and Whitney Daulton. 
According to Deanna Tratensek, attending the Show is something she enjoys because she is able to discover products she would want to have in her own home. Plus, she says coming to the Show each year is like a fun reunion, where she gets to connect with friends she doesn't seefrequently. 
All four panelists touched on a few different things that truly made the Show memorable for them. Whether it was listening to keynote speaker Kit Yarrow share insights on the consumer mind, trying tasty food in the Tailgate, Outdoor & BBQ area or attending award ceremonies, like the Young Retailer of the Year and Top Gun awards. 
“The Young Retailer of the Year ceremony was my favorite event to attend,” says Daulton. “It's always so inspirational to see the great things that young retailers are accomplishing in this industry.”

Heard From the Show Floor

“It’s a really big and exciting show. I like going to Inventors Spotlight and the tailgate area.”

—April Rembert, Jared’s Ace Hardware

“I enjoy seeing all the new products. I also like hearing from the speakers. I learn a lot that I can bring back to the store.”

—Tim Buchheit, Buchheit Enterprises

“We went to the Made in USA area, and we’re excited to check out the Farm and Ranch area. There’s a lot to see.”

—Rex and Brenda Yeary, Lighthouse Electric Co-op

Products Honored at Retailers' Choice Awards Ceremony

For 51 years, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) has held its Retailers' Choice Awards, which is a program that is meant to highlight the best products at the National Hardware Show®. This program, which took place Wednesday on the NRHA Village Stage, has been honoring manufacturers and their superb products since 1966. 
The lively and entertaining ceremony, a crowd favorite, recognized manufacturers for their innovation and provided retailers and distributors with new products to check out the last day of the Show.  
The winning products covered a wide range of categories, including grills, soap, weed killers and more.  
The judges, all independent home improvement retailers, were: James Cabirac of Kief Hardware; David Dishke of Grand River Home Hardware; Jake Smith of Jared’s Ace Hardware; Daniel Harris of Palos Ace Hardware; RJ McDaniel of B&B Hardware; and Ian McNaughton of Gravenhurst Home Hardware. 
The retail panel was asked to shop the floor as they usually would and select products they felt are unique, interesting and hold a great promise for sales in their stores. 
The winners recognized during the Retailer’s Choice Awards Ceremony:
  • Stud Sensor of Franklin Sensors Inc. 
  • Timberline of Traeger Wood Fire Grills 
  • Cannon Cooler of SSMG & nICE Coolers 
  • Get Outside Go! by Toysmith/Garden At Home 
  • Flame King Propane Cylinders by Flame King
  • mywoodwall by mywoodwall
  • SureCan by SureCan Inc.
  • Adjustable Line Length Universal Hook by Danik Hook
  • The Ultimate Outdoor Coconut Palms Garden Broom by DePalma Enterprises & The Horticultural Institute of Southern CA
  • TELESTEPS by Xin Wei Aluminum Co. Limited
  • BLUFIXX 3D by BLUFIXX 3D Systems LP
  • 18-in-1 Pure Castile Liquid Soap by Dr. Bronner's
  • SoftSeal Safety Respirators by DDME Inc. 
  • Pizza Oven Box Combo by BakerStone
  • Flex Tape by Flex Seal
  • Magnogrip Pro Impact Magnetic Gloves by Magnogrip Inc.
  • Roll N' Kneel 4 in 1 by D.F. Omer Ltd
  • Bionic Wrench by LoggerHead Tools 
  • Dynasteam Weed Killer by Dynamic Solutions Worldwide LLC
  • Genesis II LX Series Gas Grills by Weber-Stephen Products LLC
  • A-MAZE-N Smoker Tube by A-MAZE-N Products Inc. 
  • Snap Back Chalk Line by CE Tools
  • Tool Belt for Painters by King's Harness Inc. 
  • BevBuckle by BevBuckle
  • Pit Barrel Cooker Package by Pit Barrel Cooker Co. 
  • Almost Heaven Saunas by Almost Heaven Saunas
  • High & Mighty Wall Hangers by Hillman 
  • High & Mighty Decorative Hooks by Hillman
  • Superzilla by Superzilla/TopDuck Products LLC
  • GoSun Grill by GoSun Stove
  • Mason Bee House by Welliver Outdoors
  • LifeStraw by LifeStraw
  • Pit Boss Vertical Smokers by Louisiana Grills/Pit Boss Grills
  • The Kuvu by Rylor Inc. 
  • BBQueCan by All About BBQ

PDRA Awards Ninth Annual Scholarship

The Paint and Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA) awarded its ninth annual $5,000 academic scholarship yesterday. The award was presented on the NRHA Village Stage in the NRHA Village, located in the main lobby.

The annual scholarship is presented to a high school senior or college student. Eligible students are nominated by PDRA members in good standing.

“The PDRA scholarship is a way for our organization to support the academic and career goals of young people,” says PDRA executive director LeAnn Day. “We are encouraged by the determination of the nominees each year, and we look forward to honoring the ninth annual scholarship winner on stage this afternoon.”

This year’s winner is Jennifer Fick, a junior at Missouri State University and color consultant at Seminole Design Center in Seminole, Missouri. Store owner Dan Rosebrough told Fick about the scholarship opportunity, and she jumped at the chance to apply.

“Scholarships are hard to come by, so when you find that opportunity, you definitely want to take it,” says Fick.

Fick plans to use the scholarship award toward an internship with Seminole Design Center, where she will have an opportunity to spend more time working with her established client base.

“This job has given me so much knowledge, and it is a fabulous opportunity to help troubleshoot with my clients and help them find that perfect color and product,” she says.

National Hardware Show® Honors Manufacturers and Industry Professionals at Various Award Ceremonies

The National Hardware Show® and NRHA All-Industry Conference honored industry professionals throughout the week, covering a variety of home improvement categories from new products to hit the market to products manufactured in the U.S.
Taking place Wednesday afternoon on the NRHA Village Stage were the NRHA Top Gun Awards, the Reimagine Retail Presentation, the Made in USA Awards,  the PDRA Scholarship Presentation, the Lawn, Garden and Outdoor Living Awards, the Homewares Awards, the Raise the Roof Run Awards and the Retailers’ Choice Awards. The 50 Campfires – The Camping Authority Awards and the Gameball Awards also took place Wednesday afternoon in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ area.

For a list of some of the winners, see below:

2017 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards

Winners reflect American manufacturing excellence in design, quality and innovation.

Best Packaging:
Organic Based Plant Fertilizer by Age Old Organics

Best On-Site Patriotic Marketing:
Blades and cutting tools by Imperial Blade

Best New Product:
Flashlight with wand adapter by Maglite

United Inventors Association Inventors Spotlight Awards:

Best Marketing – BBQOOL
Most Innovative – Wall bot
Pinnacle – Spike

New Product Launch

Gold – Snow Joe; 40 Volt Max 1160 PSI Cordless Pressure Washer
Silver – PLOTT; Miletus
Bronze – PLOTT; Cubit
Honorable Mention – Kreg Tool Company; Accu-Cut Circular Saw Guide Track System

Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living

Gold – Greenerways, LLC; Mosquito FreeZone
Silver – Flame King; 1-pound Refillable Cylinder & Kit
Bronze – Swan Products LLC; Swan® Swivel
Honorable Mention – Dr. Earth; Dr. Earth Final Stop


Gold – Lasko products; ceramic bathroom heater
Silver – smanos Inc; smanos smart video doorbell
Bronze – VOXX Accessories Corp.; MyGuard Automatic Laundry Water Shut Off System
Honorable Mention – IIVUS Marketing Inc.; Bring It On Cleaner

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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