We have reached the end of the 2019 National Hardware Show®! Thank you for an incredible Show, and we look forward to seeing you again next year, for the 75th annual National Hardware Show. Read on for a recap from today's events and see the awards roundup from yesterday's extensive award presentations that crossed nearly every category.  

Last Chance Look From the Show Floor

The Show Floor was open until 1 p.m., so attendees spent the morning making one last loop to must-visit areas, like Tiny Living @ NHS, Made in USA and the Interactive Smart Home. 

While attendees were busy making their last-chance rounds, NRHA staffers and Conference attendees talked about their favorite spots on the Show Floor in their panel discussion, Last Chance Look From the Show Floor. 

"I really enjoyed seeing the Interactive Smart Home this year," says Show veteran and NRHA retail outreach coordinator Renee Changnon. "It's so cool to see how much of our lives can be connected and simplified through smart home technology, and I think it's something that home improvement retailers should seriously consider selling in their stores to compete."

Other favorite areas of the Show Floor included The Backyard Marketplace, Inventors Spotlight and Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery. 

"We were really lucky this year to have such great weather for attendees to explore The Backyard Marketplace," says NRHA event manager Katie McHone-Jones. "I always enjoy an opportunity to get some fresh air in between presentations on the NRHA Village Stage, and you can always find something good to eat out there."

Looking ahead to the future is another highlight from the Show Floor.

"Inventors Spotlight is a great place to see what the next innovations are going to be in the marketplace," says NRHA's Kevin Trehan. "It's interesting to see all of the new ideas exhibitors have and then keep my eye out for those things on shelves in my hometown in the near future."

When it comes to Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery, attendees like knowing there are opportunities in the industry for retailers to keep their communities safe. 

"It's important that this industry recognize its position to prioritize safety products," NRHA features editor Melanie Moul says. "Home improvement stores are where people go to find solutions to their problems, and when it comes to emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, those are situations where this industry can provide life-saving solutions." 


When it comes to product awards, the National Hardware Show® delivers. Yesterday was the day to celebrate innovation and inspiration across nearly every product category. 

The Show held its own achievement celebration yesterday afternoon in the NRHA Village with the NHS Awards reception. 

During the reception, the National Hardware Show presented awards for innovation, uniqueness and value to three exhibitors in several categories. Here are the first second and third place winners in each category.

Plumbing & Electrical

  1. Juka Innovations Corp.
  2. Mr. Cool
  3. Sencentric

Paint & Accessories

  1. Nix Sensor Ltd.
  2. Shurtech Brands LLC
  3. J-B Weld Co.

Homewares (including Smart Home)

Sponsored by: HomeWorld Business
  1. ITSmart Security LLC
  2. Stop TheSlip
  3. Absorbent Specialty Products

Hardware & Tools

  1. GenTent Safety Canopies
  2. BCS International
  3. ResinFiber

Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living/Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ

Sponsored by: Lawn & Garden Retailer
  1. Dynamic Solutions Worldwide
  2. Pet Partners Worldwide
  3. Seedsheet

Also during this event, the New Product Launch Awards were awarded. The American Manufacturing Awards, sponsored by Made in USA, were also presented.

New Product Launch Award Winners

  1. Twist and Seal
  2. National Hardware
  3. Dynamic Solutions Worldwide LLC
  • Honorable Mention: Hillman

American Manufacturing Award Winners

  • Best Packaging – Bloem, LLC ‘Merica Mingos
  • Best On-Site Patriotic Marketing – Duke Cannon Supply Co.
  • Best New Product – Eagle Tool US, Dirt Auger System
  • Best New Product – New Market Apparel, WorkArmor Gloves

Outside yesterday afternoon, The Camping Authority Awards, presented by 50 Campfires, and the Game Ball Awards, presented by Tailgater Magazine, were awarded on the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Stage. 

Game Ball Award Winners

  • Best New Product Overall – Bradley Smoker
  • Best Innovation –  Casus Grill
  • Best Marketing Concept – GameDay Ironworks
  • Best Overall Product – Ukiah Co.
  • Best Tailgate Concept – LoCo Cookers
  • The Backyard Marketplace Product Award – Wyld Gear

50 Campfire Awards

  • Central Award Winners – Casus Grill, Goal Zero, Generac & b4Adventure
  • Editors Choice Awards – WOW Watersports & Kysek 


To continue the celebratory spirit of awards at the Show, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) hosted its 53rd annual Retailers' Choice Awards yesterday evening. The event is an industry favorite and highlights the products on the Show Floor that help independent home improvement retailers curate their product mixes and solve consumer problems. The event also gives exposure to the companies and brands that are making a difference in the industry. 

"What's great about the Retailers' Choice Awards is that the name is self-explanatory: The winners of this program are selected by retailers who are ultimately the ones to make buying decisions for their operations," says Dan Tratensek, NRHA executive vice president, Hardware Retailing publisher and emcee of the award program. "This event celebrates the companies, brands and products that retailers are truly excited about."

Here are the 2019 Retailers' Choice Awards winners.
  • Brazos Walking Sticks, Healthsmart International
  • LED+ Speaker Bulb, GE Lighting
  • Re-Grip Handle Multi Tool Handle Grip, Preval
  • RunOff Waterproof Pocket, Nite Ize
  • Magnetic Finger Tool, TurnPro Magnetic Finger
  • Hard Water Stain Remover, Bio-Clean Products
  • Rhino Cart, Rhino Cart/Twist and Seal
  • Behrens Metalware Mug, Behrens Mfg. Co.
  • Legacy Old Favorite Hat, Legacy/League-L2 Brands
  • Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebook, Rite in the Rain
  • TRIGGERFIRE Staple Gun, Surebonder
  • Bionic Wrench, LoggerHead Tools
  • Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven, Ooni
  • Urbz, Mananaland LLC
  • HomeBiogas, HomeBiogas
  • Haultail, P.U.T. Corp/Global Strategist
  • Cart Daddy, Scrub Daddy
  • Drywall Axe, Pauze Innovations
  • GenTent, GenTent Safety Canopies
  • Fireplace Mantle, mywoodwall
  • Burro Buddy, The Little Burros
  • Raised Bed Planter, Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment
  • Booster Bath, Booster Bath
  • Paint Edger, Emery Edgers
  • ThumbShield, ThumbShield
  • Slam Genie™, No Slam Ltd.
  • Boxtown Team Carrier and Ladder Roller, Boxtown Team
  • Ladder-Aide Pro, Ladder-Aide by Ideal Security
  • Sink Genie "P" Trap, P.F. Waterworks
  • Play Wood Connectors, Space Matters Srl/PlayWood
  • Marxmate Professional Marking Tool, GRIPIT
  • LED Light Package, ATX LED
  • Upcart® Beast 2 in 1 400 Pound Hand Truck, UpCart
  • ScrewMagnet, ScrewMagnet
Congratulations to this year's winners! 


Every year, the Paint and Decorating Retailers Association (PDRA) celebrates a young person who is seeking higher education with a scholarship award. The $5,000 award is made possible through the generous support of the National Hardware Show®, and the recipient is honored at the Show every year. 

This year’s recipient is Emma Petri, who was nominated by Jerry Keim, owner of Keim’s Paint based in Rock Island, Illinois. 

Petri recently completed her junior year at Iowa State University where she is studying event management and stays busy with a number of other on-campus activities. She is involved in the national co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, which works with the Boy Scouts of America to run a troop for at-risk youth. 

She is also the vice president of fellowship for the fraternity and has coordinated events for the organization. 

In addition, she works as a ministry support coordinator during the summer for Youthworks, an organization that coordinates mission trips within the U.S. for middle and high school age students. 

Petri plans to put the money toward her final year at Iowa State. 

“We are delighted to present this year’s PDRA Scholarship Award to Emma,” says PDRA CEO LeAnn Day. “She is an example for students everywhere of how important it is to give back to the next generation through her career plans and volunteerism.”

Petri accepted the scholarship in a ceremony on the NRHA Village Stage yesterday afternoon. 

Following the scholarship presentation event on the NRHA Village Stage, the PDRA staff and board of directors welcomed independent retailers to the PDRA Booth #5209 in the Paint & Accessories area of the Show Floor for a reception, which was sponsored by Lancaster. Lancaster held its Las Vegas Buying Show at the Westgate again this year, just steps away from the Las Vegas Convention Center and the National Hardware Show.

“We always look forward to opportunities to meet other independent retailers at the Show,” Day says. “The Show brings together so many different people, and we appreciate Lancaster's support to help make this event a successful networking opportunity.”  


For the past two years, the National Hardware Show® has recognized innovation in the independent home improvement industry with its Reimagine Retail program. The program took a twist this year and is focused on getting new, unique products into independent businesses.

Shopping the Show Floor

National Hardware Show attendees who registered for the Show as independent retailers were automatically registered to win one (or more) of six $5,000 Show Floor shopping sprees, and the National Hardware Show selected the recipients at random.

“In previous years, we have focused the Reimagine Retail program on one independent retailer, and this year, we wanted to give more retailers an opportunity to take something from the Show Floor home with them,” says vice president of the National Hardware Show Rich Russo.

“This year’s iteration of the Reimagine Retail program puts the power into retailers’ hands to discover a product or service on the Show Floor that will truly help them differentiate their operation,” he says.

The winners were selected on Tuesday. They are:
  • Steven Bassett, Clovis True Value, Clovis, California
  • Robert Erb, Denver True Value, Denver
  • Rebecca Jones, The Rusty Nail Hardware, Marana, Arizona
  • Ken Kodet, Kodet’s True Value, Williamston, Michigan
  • Todd Thompson, Devils Lake Glass & Paint, Devils Lake, North Dakota
  • Randy West, Islands Ace Hardware, Savannah, Georgia
The winners scoured the Show Floor on Wednesday and Thursday for great deals and to find something new to add to their product mix.

Finding Their Next Big Product

The entire Show Floor was up for grabs for this year’s Reimagine Retail winners. With more than 15 product categories and nearly 3,000 exhibitors—including almost 700 new exhibitors—across more than 500,000 square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as the Silver Parking Lot outside, there were plenty of places for retailers to look for items to add to their inventory.

Core categories offered opportunities to stock up in basics like Plumbing & Electrical, Paint & Accessories, Hardware & Tools and much more. Attendees could also expand into new areas by exploring Pet Products, Storage & Organization and Smart Home.

Hearing From a Past Winner

Last year’s winner of the Reimagine Retail program was Matt Woods, CEO of Woods Hardware in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He had used virtual touring technology to build a virtual walk-through of his business, allowing retailers to see his aisles and inventory as he made his online purchases. He also added a free same-day delivery component.

Tuesday, at the Show, he presented on the e-commerce program he was able to develop as a result of his award.

“Our theme of our stores is bringing local back to hardware,” Woods says. “We’re building a brand so we can distinguish ourselves from the big-box stores. Now, our customers can shop the entire hardware store after-hours.

“I’m a very visual person,” he says. “Retail is very impulsive. From my standpoint, if you can visually see what’s in the store when shopping online, it can increase the basket size.”

Making Connections

Connecting independent retailers to the industry at large is an essential component of the mission of the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA), which co-locates its Conference at the Show each year.

“We are proud of our partnership with the National Hardware Show, and we appreciate their commitment to contributing to the growth and longevity of the independent home improvement channel,” says NRHA CEO Bob Cutter.

“This year’s Reimagine Retail program reinforces the power of a strong product mix, which helps independents compete,” he says.

“The Reimagine Retail program provided independent retailers an opportunity to walk the largest buying Show Floor in the industry,” says Russo.

“We’re excited to have had the opportunity to change the program this year to benefit more independent retailers and enhance their experience at the Show,” he says. 


You have spent the last three days at the National Hardware Show® talking to over 2,700 vendors and checking out thousands of products. From the featured areas of New Product Launch and New Product World to the all-new Tiny Living @ NHS, you discovered the latest products to boost your inventories and your sales. Now that you're on your way home, be sure to take what you found on the Show Floor back to your business.

Review the following three industry trends and be sure to subscribe to Hot Products Hub here so you can stay in the know until next year's Show. 

Live Tiny

According to a recent study conducted by Forbes, for the first time since the 1970s, the square footage of the average American dream home is dropping. The data showed that people across all ages and backgrounds chose Tiny House over Luxury Mansion when asked which they prefer for a dream home. Hopefully you had a chance to see this trend in action at the Small Build & Construction Technology Conference held in conjunction with the National Hardware Show this year. For a hands-on experience, attendees also visited a curated Tiny House Village located next to Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ.

Lean Into Power Tools

Good news for home improvement retailers: according to Hardware Retailing magazine, 81 percent of power tools are purchased in-store, not online. Retailers can take advantage of this important trend by offering opportunities for customers to touch the latest models and see power tools in action. Smart, well-stocked inventories with attractive, hands-on displays have always given brick-and-mortar retailers an advantage over online retailers. By staying on top of the latest features, technologies and innovations, retailers can maintain that advantage. 

Look for Bold and Dramatic Options

The stark modern farmhouse style has dominated design trends for several years. Simple white cabinets accented by gray marble countertops and white backsplashes are the heart of the look and, although the trend continues to be popular, changes are on the horizon for people seeking a warmer, richer style. Many designers are showcasing black matte; subtle blues, grays and greens (referred to as moody colors); and bright reds and cobalt blues in their kitchens, either as the main focus or as accents. Two-tone cabinets that combine natural wood with a color are also beginning to push out traditional single-toned cabinets. Colors not normally thought of as kitchen cabinetry options, like bright orange or yellow, are also breaking onto the scene. These new colorful kitchens are being accented by copper, reclaimed wood, colorful appliances and mixed metals.