NHS 2017 Show Daily - Tuesday
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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More to See and Do at the National Hardware Show®!
The first day of the National Hardware Show® wrapped up today, and attendees were able to browse new products, listen to guest speakers and more. Look through this newsletter and see what you won't want to miss for tomorrow!

In This Issue:

Tomorrow's Schedule

Wednesday, May 10

  • 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    PDRA Presents: Benjamin Moore: "Store of Tomorrow"
    NRHA Village Stage
    Speaker: Eugene Andreassi

  • 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Keynote: Your Remarkable Service Advantage
    NRHA Village Stage
    Speaker: Mary Walter

  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    The Store is STILL Important
    NRHA Village Stage
    Speaker: Jim Robisch

  • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    NRHA Top Gun Awards:Young Guns
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: NRHA and
    Hardware Retailing
  • 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Reimagine Retail Winner Reveal
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: The National Hardware Show

  • 3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    Made in USA Awards
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: Made in USA
  • 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    PDRA Scholarship Presentations
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: Paint and Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA)

  • 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Awards
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: Lawn & Garden Retailer

  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Homewares Awards
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: HomeWorld® Business

  • 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Raise the Roof Run Awards
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: The Fuller Center for Housing

  • 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    NRHA Retailers' Choice Awards
    NRHA Village Stage
    Presented by: NRHA and
    Hardware Retailing

A Busy Day Ahead at the National Hardware Show®

The National Hardware Show® started with a bang this morning, with a large crowd of eager attendees and exhibitors quickly filling the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Green Valley High School marching band kicked off the opening ceremony, which included red, white and blue confetti; included playing the U.S. and Canadian national anthems; and an introduction of several industry leaders gathered on the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Village Stage.

“The National Hardware Show is full of innovation, imagination and networking opportunities,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “Our theme this year is ‘Reimagine Retail,’ and we are so excited to open the doors and let you see all that’s inside.”

Plenty of New Products

Any attendees looking for new products weren’t disappointed. From New Product World (located on Level 2 in room N245) to New Product Launch (Central Lobby) to the Inventors Spotlight (Level 1, N109), there are hundreds of products to see at the Show.

If you didn’t have time today, make sure to swing by these areas tomorrow to see up-and-coming products, some of which haven’t even hit the market yet, and product displays in several popular categories.

Awards Ceremonies

Today, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) recognized those honored with Packaging and Merchandising Awards. Stop by and see some of the industry’s best in innovative packaging and merchandising aids at the display in the main lobby, near the NRHA Village.

Learning Opportunities

There’s a full lineup of speakers at the NRHA All-Industry Conference, held in the NRHA Village, which you can find in the main lobby, just outside Central Hall. These speakers will be talking about topics that vary from providing superior customer service to the importance of brick-and-mortar stores, and everything in between.

Speakers on tap tomorrow include retail expert Mary Walter; Jim Robisch, senior partner with The Farnsworth Group; and Eugene Andreassi of Benjamin Moore & Co.

Countdown to the Reimagine Retail Winner

The finale is near for the inaugural Reimagine Retail program, sponsored by the National Hardware Show®.

At 2 p.m. tomorrow, the winner of the $100,000 prize will be announced on the NRHA Village Stage.

In the weeks leading up to the Show, independent home improvement retailers were asked to submit an essay detailing how they would spend the prize money on a business improvement project. Projects could focus on one of four key categories:
  • Store design
  • Technology
  • Employees
  • Products
Retailers could also submit photos and/or videos to support their entry.

Some potential project ideas from the top 10 finalists includes updated merchandising solutions, flooring, paint and decoration, inventory management systems, point-of-sale solutions, investing in employee training, retaining or recruitment programs, advertising and public relations programs.

A panel of industry judges that included representatives from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and its Retail Leadership Institute reviewed entries from the 10 finalists. Points were awarded in six categories, including the following:
  • Innovation: Did the project propose something new for the industry?
  • Potential return on investment: What is the tangible ROI for this project?
  • Overall impact on the business: What impact, financial and nonfinancial, might the project have on the business?
  • Plan for execution: Is the outlined plan for completion timely, efficient and cost-effective?
  • Impact on customers/community: What kind of effect will this project have on the store’s customers and community?
  • Overall presentation: Is the concept well thought out and presented clearly?

About the Finalists

Ten independent home improvement store retailers made their way into the coveted finalist positions for the Reimagine Retail contest with their innovative ideas to reimagine their operations. In yesterday’s Show Daily, we introduced the first five finalists. Here we present the next five. Make plans to attend the ceremony tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the NRHA Village to celebrate the winner!

Caribou Jack’s Trading Co., Soda Springs, Idaho
Caribou Jack’s Trading Co. customers have a connection to grilling at the store. The store plans to use the prize money to build an in-store café, combining the farm-to-table and grilling communities. In addition to hosting grilling and cooking events, the store would allow community organizations to access the space at no charge, and they plan to build a space to grow the produce used in the café. The store also would develop an app to help groups coordinate events.

Debbie Supply, East Rochester, New York
This business opened 60 years ago as a plumbing wholesaler and has grown into a full-service hardware operation. With the prize money, Debbie Supply would buy new service equipment: a pipe-threading and cutting machine, a key-cutting machine and a paint mixer. In addition to the physical equipment, Debbie Supply plans to invest in upgraded computer systems to support the new equipment to better serve its customers.

Parry’s, Hamilton, New York
A greenhouse is the solution for Parry’s. The retailer plans to use the prize money toward renovating its current store to
add space for local food, craft beer and cider and add a permanent greenhouse to accommodate lawn and garden items and seasonal merchandise. Parry’s is confident that this project will make the store a destination for locals and tourists.

La Grange Park Ace Hardware, La Grange Park, Illinois
Meeting customers’ needs can be challenging if a store doesn’t have the right configuration. La Grange Park Ace Hardware wants to address those challenges by using the prize money to remove its current checkout counter, allowing space for more impulse items, and implementing mobile checkout. This would allow customers to complete their sale anywhere in the store, even the parking lot.

Shaw Hardware Store, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
This woman-owned business plans to use the prize money to improve its online presence, renovate the existing store to add more sales floor space and create a new space for local craftspeople to lead classes and encourage young people to engage in a craft or artform. These plans build on what already exists at the store, which hosts classes at the local community college and in the store for projects from home repair to Pinterest.

Industry Edge: 6 Trends in Home Improvement

Home renovations and improvements, especially in kitchen and baths, continue to be strong in 2017. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, Americans are expected to spend $317 billion on home improvements this year, putting the hardware and home improvement industry on solid footing and adding to the excitement of the 2017 National Hardware Show®. Those dollars translate into high-end (and faux high-end) finishes that can be found in many of the design trends. Below are just a few of the highlights retailers can expect to see when exploring the showroom halls this year.

Home Smarts

Currently over 30 percent of homes have at least one connected device, and the trend is expected to grow to 60 percent by 2021, according to market research from Statista. Many products offer a high degree of connectivity and incorporate a certain amount of lifestyle learning to customize operations for end users.

Smart security systems are still the biggest priority for consumers and remain top sellers for retailers, but now everything for the home, from lighting and thermostats to large and small appliances, water heaters and power tools, is becoming Wi-Fi enabled, with remote tracking and managing options.

Quality Over Quantity

In 2016, the average size of new homes built decreased over the previous year, averaging around 2,634 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While those buying new homes aren’t demanding more square footage, that doesn’t mean they aren’t expecting quality. Thanks to smaller room sizes, outfitting a bathroom in Carrera marble or a kitchen in granite is attainable at almost any budget.

Matte Black

One luxury finish that continues to garner interest is black stainless steel. According to a Better Homes & Garden article, the sophisticated look of matte black is on trend this year. Visitors to the Show can expect cabinet, tile and other decor manufacturers to join with appliance companies who already promote the new trend.

Faux Finishes

Thanks to high-definition printing and other technologies, the high-end look of hardwood and stone is now widely available in ceramic tiles, luxury vinyl tiles and countertop materials, fulfilling design trends while also providing consumers with more durable options. For example, ceramic tile faux wood flooring combines the design aesthetic of hardwood with the convenience of tile, making it perfect for high-moisture areas. And engineered stone, with options that closely resemble marble, requires less maintenance and is less likely than the real stone to chip or stain.

Reimagined Wood

Although faux wood finishes are popular, many customers still prefer the real thing, and this year, designers and DIYers are using wood in unique ways. One trend is the use of shiplap in entryways and bathrooms and as accent walls in larger rooms. Shiplap is most often painted for a finished look, but designers and DIYers are also using washing techniques for a unique look, leading to the second trend in wood for 2017: cerused wood, which offers a special finish that highlights natural grain and gives wood a weathered look.

Migrating Pendants

Previously, pendant lights have been limited in use to providing narrow lighting above kitchen sinks, yet this year, designers have set pendant lights free, using them in clusters of three or more to light dining room tables, kitchen islands, mudrooms, reading corners and more. Glass globes that showcase trendy Edison bulbs are still popular, but copper and wood pieces are also available to match varying decors.

Home Improvement Industry Leaders Named 2017 Young Retailers of the Year

Each year, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) recognizes the industry’s top performers and innovators younger than 35 with the Young Retailer of the Year award. This year’s Young Retailer of the Year award marks the 21st annual award presented to retailers in the United States and Canada.

Winners are chosen based on how they have helped an independent hardware business improve, their involvement in the community and any hardware or industry education they have pursued.

The high-achieving young retailers were recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the independent home improvement industry at the Young Retailer of the Year reception Monday, May 8, prior to the start of the NRHA All-Industry Conference at the National Hardware Show®.

Before the ceremony, award winners and guests mingled and got to know one another before the ceremony, where each winner was honored and had a chance to speak. 

"This evening, we're celebrating the future of independent entrepreneurial businesses," says NRHA president and CEO Bill Lee. "These young people are proof that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in our industry."

The 2017 Young Retailer of the Year award winners are:

Under $2 Million in Annual Sales

Reed “RJ” McDaniel Jr., vice president, co-owner, B&B Hardware, Milan, Illinois

Over $2 Million in Annual Sales

Joseph Franquinha, owner, Crest True Value Hardware and Urban Garden Center, Brooklyn, New York

Bobby Heuser, president, Heuser Ace Hardware, Bluffton, South Carolina

Jackie Sacks, owner, Round Top Mercantile, Round Top, Texas

Multiple Stores

Camille Gibson, general manager, Mark’s Ace Hardware, Tucson, Arizona

Jarrod Haines, store manager, Buchheit, House Springs, Missouri

Matthew Payzant, general manager, Payzant Home Hardware Building Centre, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

Jason Plummer, vice president, R.P. Lumber Co., Inc., Edwardsville, Illinois

Tuesday NRHA All-Industry Conference Wrapup

Today, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Village was abuzz with activity, including a full lineup of speakers, presentations and independent retailers networking.

The Stage presentations kicked off with two speakers who addressed how crucial it is to consider how customers shop in your store and how independent retailers can use the information to maximize the customer experience.

Retail consultant Dustin Kaehr delivered his presentation “Customer Uncensored: What They Wish You Knew” which gave retailers an ear into what customers are saying when retailers aren’t around.

“Think differently about the way you do business, treat employees and serve customers,” Kaehr says. “If you have people who work with or for you, you’re a leader. It takes courage to lead well.”

Today’s keynote presentation was delivered by consumer psychologist, author and consultant Kit Yarrow,
Ph.D. Her presentation, “Decoding the New Consumer Mind,” is based on her book of the same name, which explores how consumers have changed their shopping habits over the past several decades.

“The No. 1 thing customers say they want is omnichannel retailing,” says Yarrow. “Customers say they prefer to go to a store, but it’s just so complicated to get there. Bring technology into the store to help customers understand what they are about to buy.”

Other presentations included an update to the Home Sweet Home Study, delivered by Bill Brunelle from Independent We Stand and NRHA’s Dan Tratensek; and a presentation from business innovator Al Meyers from Kalypso, where Meyers explained how independent retailers can set themselves apart from others.

“There are a lot of different ways to make the customer experience innovative and informative with technology,” says Meyers. “Look at retailers with a strong focus on innovation and creativity. Have a vision, have a strategy and have a direction.”

The winners of this year’s Packaging and Merchandising Awards were recognized, and Will Aubuchon of Aubuchon Hardware offered an overview of their omnichannel initiative "Aubuchon Go." GE Lighting’s James Patton gave an introduction to the future of lighting solutions and discussed lighting as a foray for retailers into smart home options.

The final event of the day was the NRHA Independent Retailer Reception, which was presented by NRHA and Hardware Retailing magazine.

If you don't plan run with other show attendees tomorrow morning at the Raise the Roof Run, be sure to attend the Raise the Roof Run Awards tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m. to see who made it across the finish line in style.

Retail Expert to Deliver Keynote on Independents' Customer Service Advantage

Customer service is a cornerstone of the independent home improvement industry, so tomorrow’s keynote on the NRHA Village Stage is sure to hit home with attendees.

Plan to attend the second keynote presentation of the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) All-Industry Conference. Retail expert, Mary Walter, spent 25 years working for Fortune 300 retailers, including Ross, Gap, Target and Macy’s, delivering results through leadership development, high-performance teams, efficient business solutions and effective change implementation. Her most recent position in retail was as the group senior vice president of stores for Ross, where she inspired 50,000 associates to deliver unprecedented results in operating margin, customer service and employee engagement.

As a business consultant and change leadership expert, Walter serves clients with a focus on measurable change and solutions that align with the business model and customer priorities. She accelerates leadership effectiveness through targeted coaching, assessment and improvement of team dynamics and performance. In addition, she is skilled at business process improvement, leadership and strategy alignment, and leadership training.

Walter’s presentation, “Your Remarkable Service Advantage,” will discuss how independent retailers can set themselves apart through strong and personalized customer service and developing an engagement strategy. Walter will share suggestions of how retailers can inspire their teams to provide winning service, and she will provide insight into what truly drives the business from a service perspective.

The keynote starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. on the NRHA Village Stage.

“We strive to select experts who present information that is relevant, but also innovative for our retailers,” says NRHA executive vice president and Hardware Retailing publisher, Dan Tratensek. “Mary Walter will deliver a message about customer service that resonates with independent home improvement retailers and offers knowledge they can build on when they return to their operations.”

In her presentation, Walter will discuss the current unstable state of retail—what she refers to as an “enormous earthquake”—and how quickly it is changing.

Walter cites examples of several independent home improvement retailers who have succeeded in making their stores meccas for the ultimate customer experience. She also discusses how to compete against big-box retailers in six customer experience categories. If you’re not competing, she explains how you can step up your game and set yourself apart by providing knowledgeable customer service.

If you’re wondering how much time you have to greet a customer before customer satisfaction diminishes or how much customer satisfaction decreases because of an uninformed employee, Walter has the answers to these questions and much more throughout her presentation.

“The power of your people is a remarkable advantage to your business,” says Walter. “Terrific service doesn’t have to be expensive and will deliver exceptional results for the long run.”

Awards Ceremonies Continue Throughout the Show

The National Hardware Show® offers a great opportunity to acknowledge both attendees and exhibitors within the industry for their accomplishments, innovations and contributions.

Below, find a schedule of the awards that will be presented during the Show tomorrow.

Unless otherwise noted, all awards ceremonies will take place on the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Village Stage, which is located in the Main Lobby, outside of the entrance to the Central Hall.
  • 1 p.m.-1:45 pm
    NRHA Top Gun Awards
    Presented by: NRHA/Hardware Retailing magazine
  • 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
    Reimagine Retail Winner Reveal
    Presented by: The National Hardware Show
  • 3 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
    Made in USA Awards
    Presented by: Made in USA
  • 3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
    PDRA Scholarship Presentation
    Presented by: Paint & Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA)
  • 3:45 p.m.-4 p.m.
    Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Awards
    Presented by: Lawn & Garden Retailer
  • 4 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
    Homewares Awards
    Presented by: HomeWorld® Business
  • 4 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
    50 Campfires—The Camping Authority Awards
    Presented by: 50 Campfires
    Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ, Silver Parking Lot
  • 4 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
    Game Ball Awards
    Presented by: Tailgater Magazine
    Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ, Silver Parking Lot
  • 4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
    Raise the Roof Run Awards
    Presented by: The Fuller Center for Housing
  • 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    NRHA Retailers’ Choice Awards
    Presented by: NRHA/Hardware Retailing magazine

NRHA's Top Guns to Recognize Four Young, Innovative Independent Retailers

Come by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NHRA) Village Stage at 1 p.m. tomorrow to hear from some of the brightest, most innovative retailers in the independent home improvement industry.

This will be your chance to listen to the recipients of the annual Top Guns Awards, hosted by NRHA and Hardware Retailing magazine, as they talk about current trends and challenges in the industry.

This year’s awards is a special “Young Guns” edition, highlighting next-generation retail leaders. The four honorees will meet tomorrow afternoon to offer insights into goals for their businesses and to further discuss what they see ahead for the future of the industry.

Read on to learn a little more about each of the four honorees:

Scott Jerousek

Farm & Home Hardware, Wellington, Ohio
Scott purchased the family business from his father and uncle 10 years ago. He’s grown sales significantly in that time, and has put an emphasis on the company’s lawn and garden and outdoor power equipment departments.

Jonathan Miller

Miller Hardware, Valdosta, Georgia
Jonathan represents the fourth generation of the family business and handles online ordering and purchasing for all three locations, each of which has a different type of product selection—one serves the industrial market, another has a core hardware store and the third is a retail hardware and garden center.

Diana Brunjes Newton

Bay Hardware, Seal Beach, California
Diana made a career change in 2008 when she left Chicago and moved back to California to run a hardware store her father had purchased. A second location nearby was purchased in 2013.

Matt Woods

Woods Hardware, Cincinnati, Ohio
Matt’s had a busy year. In addition to moving his family’s downtown Cincinnati hardware store to a nearby larger location, he also acquired an existing four-store hardware and internet business. He now owns five stores in Cincinnati and a locksmith business in nearby Covington, Kentucky.

Interesting Finds at the Inventors Spotlight

Want to learn more about “the next big thing” among home improvement products?

Make sure to check out the Inventors Spotlight area, which is located in room N109 on the first floor of the convention center.

Here, you can take time to explore the room and learn about products from nearly 100 exhibitors that aren’t yet on the market. The inventors also have the opportunity to meet with buyers and potential investors to get their feedback about the products.

One exhibitor was Monkey Rung. The company offers a ladder accessory tool that can be hooked on to a ladder and holds toolboxes, paint cans and more.

“It’s great to be at the Show and have exposure to all of these companies, both national and international,” says Monkey Rung president Lawrence Ayala.

PDRA to Award Annual Scholarship

The Paint and Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA) will award its ninth annual $5,000 academic scholarship at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. The award will be 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.

Join the Fun at the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Luau Party

During your time at the Show, walking through the aisles of vendor booths inside the Las Vegas Convention Center is a must. However, you can’t leave without setting aside some time for fun in the sun outside at Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ.

Located in the Silver Parking Lot, this area is bustling with activity and excitement, and hundreds of vendor booths are available for attendees to browse. The booths on display include everything you can think of, from tailgate must-haves, to grills in action, to lawn and garden decor. This area continues to grow in popularity each year.

“We really like the feel out here in the tailgate area; there’s lots of energy, great smells and a lot of people having fun,” says Chris Camfferman, director of category marketing for Belknap Hill Trading Post. “There’s always a lot of energy at the Show, and we get to meet a lot of customers.”

Earlier today, retailers in attendance gathered to mingle at the Retailer Happy Hour, which took place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Traeger Wood Fire Grills provided a “bar takeover,” offering complimentary smoked lemonade cocktails during the happy hour.

Tomorrow, all attendees are welcome to the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Luau Party, which will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. With entertainment from The Morrison Brothers Band and Hawaiian dancers, as well as free food and drinks, it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

You can expect to find plenty of food to try in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ area. Fire Disc Grills is a sponsor of the Cooking Zone where exhibitors can showcase their products as they use them to cook all kinds of free samples. Other features in the area include outdoor covered seating and a variety of food trucks, including Big Daddy’s BBQ.

The area is also home to the NHS Chill-Out Zones, trailers located on the perimeter of the lot that give attendees the opportunity to cool down and rest their feet for a bit.

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 innovate products to come in to 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 www.chapinmfg.com.


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 www.inventorlady.com.


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 www.gorillatough.com.

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 www.gelighting.com.


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 www.rubbercal.com.

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 xtremecables.net.

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 myoldmasters.com.

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 mascotmetal.com 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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