Feb 24, 2012

(NORWALK, Conn February 24) - New products are one of the engines that drive sales within the home improvement industry, and now attendees at the 2012 National Hardware Show® will be able to find the latest and greatest product innovations easier than ever during the event, which will be held May 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For the first time ever, this year's National Hardware Show will feature more than 1,000 new products and inventions in a special Innovation Station display area located off the main show floors.

"We know that retail and wholesale buyers are very interested in the latest products and line introductions, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for buyers to see these products in one easy-to-shop location," says Sonya Ruff Jarvis, vice president of attendee programs with the National Hardware Show.

The Innovation Station area will house:

  • The New Product World display, which spotlights hundreds of new products from the industry's leading manufacturers.
  • The Inventor's Spotlight, where attendees can get an inside look at what may be the next big product or service in the industry. This year the Inventor's Spotlight section at the National Hardware Show will also be co-located with Pitch Tank, which will give inventors the opportunity to pitch their breakthrough business concepts and products to Kevin Harrington, Investor Shark on ABC's "Shark Tank" and chairman of TVGoods, and Steve Rogai, CEO and co-founder of TVGoods.
  • Green Product World, which allows retailers to keep up with the growing demand for environmentally friendly products and gather information on the latest in green, eco-friendly and sustainable products that today's consumers are looking for.
    Along with these exciting highlighted areas within the Innovation Station, the National Hardware Show will feature its New Product Launch Spotlight area in the central concourse adjacent to the NRHA Village and Stage.
  • The New Product Launch Spotlight area features a host of items that are truly brand new to the industry, have not yet hit the market and have no pre-negotiations, pre-sales and no distribution exclusivity.

    "By providing areas that are designated to spotlight new products, we hope it will make it even easier for show attendees to see the latest and greatest innovations that manufacturers have brought to the show and provide exhibitors with an even more productive way to launch and showcase their newest offerings," Jarvis says.

    For manufacturers like MJSI Inc., the National Hardware Show provides the ideal venue for launching new products to the home improvement marketplace.

    "Launching new products at the National Hardware Show is just plain smart. It's a place where every key decision maker is gathered in one place at one time for the same reason-to see what's new," says Marlena Cannon, director of marketing communications at MJSI. "We have exhibited here for seven years and debuted our products with incredible success."

    Rene Pardo, CEO of Brainwave Products, echoes Cannon's sentiments about the show providing an ideal launching pad to the industry. "Brainwave values the National Hardware Show both for the diversity of attendees (users and resellers) in its target market, as well as the presence and high quality of exhibitors who are also potential clients."

    From an attendee's perspective, the ability to see such a range of new products from across the spectrum of categories all in one place makes the National Hardware Show a must-attend event.

    "To actually be able to see all these new products in one place and be able to touch and feel them and talk to the exhibitors about the new lines, there's nothing else like it," says Karen Ruedisueli of Paddletown Hardware in Oscoda, Mich. "I'm always blown away by how innovative and clever the manufacturers can be in coming out with new products, and the National Hardware Show lets me see so many different lines and brands all in one place."

    About the National Hardware Show
    The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 66 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s to today's current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show® continually evolves through the industry's involvement, commitment and passion to improving America's quality of life through their homes. Today, the National Hardware Show® is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insights to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers.

    Members of the press interested in attending the 2012 National Hardware Show can register for free at

    Industry professionals who would like to attend can register for free by going to

    For more information on the National Hardware Show, visit

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