2016 Award Ceremonies

50 Campfires – The Camping Authority Awards

Join the team from 50 Campfires - The Camping Authority as they announce the National Hardware Shows' Best New Products, Best Tech, Essential Gear and Editors Choice awards.

View the 50 Campfires Award video here >>

2016 Award Winners

Presented by:

50 Campfires

American Manufacturing Awards

Made in USA Brand | GBQ Partners are pleased to sponsor the National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards.

Winners will reflect American manufacturing excellence in design, quality and innovation in the following categories:

  • National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best Packaging
  • National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best On-Site Patriotic Marketing
  • National Hardware American Manufacturing Award for Best New Product

2016 Award Winners

Best Packaging:
Company: Walters Seed Company
Product: Herb Growing Kit, Booth 11155

Best On-Site Patriotic Marketing:
Company: Mr. Long Arm
Product: Extension Poles, Booth 5215

Best New Product:
Company: Garris Brands LLC
Product: Dura Tie, Booth 8760

Sponsored by:

Made in USA | GBQ

Game Ball Awards

Join us out in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Area as we identify the category's best in class. Award categories include Best New Product Overall, Best New Product Outdoor Grilling or Concept, Best Tailgate Themed Booth Set Up & Enthusiasm, Best Outdoor Furniture Product and Most Unique Product.

2016 Award Winners

Presented by:

Tailgater Magazine

Homewares Awards

The Homewares Awards highlight the "Best in Class" in the Housewares/Homewares product category. Browse the display area and view the winning products that are voted on by a panel of industry judges at the Show.

Homewares Awards

2016 Award Winners

Company: Northern Response International
Product: Odii – The Ultimate Grab-It Gadget

Company: BakerStone International
Product: BakerStone Pizza Oven Box

Company: Cord Buddy, Inc.
Product: Cord Buddy

Honorable Mention:
Company: LoveHandle by DMD Products
Product: LoveHandle by DMD Products

Presented by:


Lawn, Garden and Outdoor Living Awards

The Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Awards focus on innovative, new products within this product category. Browse the display area and view the winning products that are voted on by a panel of industry judges at the Show.

Lawn Garden & Outdoor Living Awards

2016 Award Winners

Company: SureCan Incorporated
Product: 5.0 Gallon SureCan

Company: ERA Group
Product: Earth Talon Fiberglass Shovel

Company: Teknor Apex Company
Product: Zero-G Water House

Honorable Mention:
Company: Lovett Lab Inc.
Product: Bird Photo Booth

Presented by:

Lawn & Garden

New Product Launch Awards

Find new products that have not hit the 2016 market and have no pre-negotiations or pre-sales. Plus, no exclusives – truly new! Browse the display area and view the winning products voted on by a panel of industry judges at the Show.

2016 Award Winners

Company: 3M Consumer Business Group
Product: ScotchBlueᵀᴹ Platinumᵀᴹ Painter’s Tape

Company: Inventor Lady
Product: Clingless Curtain Keeper

Company: Generac Power Systems
Product: IQ2000

Honorable Mention:
Company: Flood Avert
Product: Flood Alert Boom Tube

Presented by:


New Product World Awards New Product World

The New Product World products that are just breaking into the industry will be identified by which ones are best in class based in the following categories: Aesthetics, Differentiation/Uniqueness, Fills Consumer Need, Overall Value and Packaging/Merchandising Support.

2016 Award Winners

Company: Alkilu Enterprises
Product: Trip Lit

Company: Hansen Global, Inc.
Product: The Tool Hanger

Fills Consumer Need:
Company: Garris Brands, LLC
Product: Dura Tie

Overall Value:
Company: Speed Cinch
Product: Speed Cinch

Packaging/Merchandising Support:
Company: Microtex Products Inc.
Product: Firemizer

Presented by:

DIY Network

NRHA Retailers' Choice Awards NRHA Retailers' Choice Awards

For more than 30 years Hardware Retailing magazine has been singling out the best of the best products at the National Hardware Show® with its Retailers' Choice Awards. Unlike other award programs, products selected to receive a Retailers' Choice Award aren't chosen by editors; they are selected by a panel of distinguished retailers who buy and sell products for a living. This program not only honors manufacturers for their innovation but also helps retailers single out new and innovative products to check out at the show.

2016 Award Winners

Presented by:

  • NRHA
  • Hardware Retailing

NRHA Spirit of Independents Awards

The NRHA Spirit of Independents Awards will honor retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers who have joined with NRHA to support the work of the Fuller Center for Housing. By working together with the Fuller Center, our industry is helping to provide a decent place to live for families in need. These awards will recognize these generous companies and encourage others in our industry to join the cause.

Presented by:

  • NRHA
  • Hardware Retailing
  • & The Fuller Center for Housing

NRHA Top Gun Awards Top Gun Awards

This program is the industry’s chance to hear what today’s top independent retailers are thinking. NRHA and Hardware Retailing magazine will once again assemble a panel of the industry’s most successful and innovative independent retailers to share their stories and thoughts on the industry.

2016 Award Winners

  • Eli Bliffert of Bliffert Lumber & Hardware
  • Tim Fansler of Family Farm & Home
  • Jack Foxworth of Foxworth-Galbraith
  • Jeremy Melnick of Gordon’s Ace Hardware

Presented by:

  • NRHA
  • Hardware Retailing

Packaging and Merchandising Awards

NRHA will introduce the winners of the 2016 Packaging and Merchandising Awards and share a summary of judge commentary and emerging packaging trends. Attendees will get to see the best of the best in home improvement packaging and merchandising.

UIA Inventor Spotlight Awards

Most Innovative Concept: This award recognizes a product (in development or finalized) that is truly unique in a product category. From a sketch through a fully developed product, this category looks at the overall innovation of the concept and how it fits into the category.

Best Marketing Effort: Marketing an idea effectively can be a daunting and challenging task. This award recognizes inventors who develop and deliver an irresistible sales pitch that makes potential prospects acutely aware of the value they will derive from their product or service, in a clear and quantifiable way.

The Pinnacle Award (Best in Show): The successful development of a product takes talent, knowledge, and tenacity. This award recognizes the broadest range of efforts by the inventor. From design, market research, sales, fulfillment, manufacturing and quality. This category is judged on everything and based on the attention paid by the inventor to all phases of ideation, invention, and commercialization.

2016 Award Winners

Pinnacle Best in Show:
Tad Pole

Most Innovative:
Fred’s Trolley

Best Marketing:
The Slammer Tool

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