The 2011 National Hardware Show® will be the place to be for the industry’s biggest brands – with more top-of-the-line companies exhibiting in each product category. In addition to industry leaders like 3M, Scotts Co., Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Char-broil and Jarden Safety & Security, this year’s nearly sold-out event – to be held May 10-12 in Las Vegas – will feature more than 500 new suppliers in Hardware & Tools; Homewares; Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living; Paint & Accessories; Plumbing & Electrical; Storage & Organization; and Tailgating, Camping & Picnic; as well as core product categories being featured in the Show’s International Sourcing area.
“We are excited at the depth of suppliers signed up for the 2011 National Hardware Show,” said Rich Russo, event director, National Hardware Show. “We will see more of the industry’s biggest brand names on the Show floor, including some that haven’t been with us in a few years.”
The 2011 National Hardware Show® will also feature category leaders like CE North America, Soleus, Seville Classics, Better Living Products, Jones Stephens, Twin-Star International-Duraflame, Ontel, Audiovox, Port-A-Cool and Lasko (Homewares); One2Products, Little Giant/Franklin Electric, Wayne Pumps, LDR Industries, Kingston Brass; MJSI; Santerra; General Wire Spring and Plumb Pak (Plumbing); Jasco, The NCC, Designers Edge, Amertac, Prime Wire & Cable, Technical Consumer Products, Feit Electric and Cooper Lighting (Electrical); and Jack Links Beef Jerky; Ironclad Performance Wear, On the Edge Marketing, Racor Inc, Karcher, All-Power/Steele Products, Great Neck Saw, MSA Safety Products and Cosco Home & Office (Hardware).
“For Great Neck, appearing at the National Hardware Show is a matter of both visibility and communication of our message,” said Steve Maltese, vice president, E-commerce and public relations for Great Neck Saw Mfrs. “Our high-visibility presence right up front at the National Hardware Show year after year strengthens our brands and shows our customers that we are committed to the tool business and the hardware industry. In addition, the show allows us to communicate our message to our customers, our prospects and our sales reps all at once.”
The 2011 Show will also go farther than it ever has to include the latest Paint & Accessories products from more than 250 companies, including Benjamin Moore, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial paints and coatings. The Montvale, N.J.-based company will be part of an impressive lineup of paint and accessories companies participating in the PDRA Paint Show.
“We’re looking forward to being in Vegas at the 2011 PDRA Paint Show and interacting with retailers from across North America,” noted Dan Calkins, director of North American sales for Benjamin Moore.
Also exhibiting in the paint area will be Shrutech Brands, Henkel, Mr. Longarm, Intertape Polymers, American Express Open, Gardner-Gibson, Red Devil, Super Glue and Dynamic Paint, as well as newcomers Kelly-Moore Paint Company, Datacolor International, Buddy Systems, LLC and Mythic® Paint – known for its environmentally safe, high performance products – which is returning to the Show after exhibiting in 2008 and 2009.
The newly coined "National Hardware Show® held in conjunction with the NRHA All-Industry Convention" will incorporate all of the programming the NRHA currently offers at its annual meeting - including the Young Retailer of the Year and Retail Innovators of the Year awards - while allowing the two organizations to more fully serve the industry in one annual gathering. "A New Way to Market" will be the major theme of the 2011 event, which promises to expand on an already impressive list of global attendees, not only from traditional retail and wholesale outlets but additional channels like grocery, mass, drug, catalog and the Internet - all representing almost $240 billion in sales revenue. In addition, the Show will continue to offer exciting special events, including product demonstrations, NRHA TV and Social Networking Roundtables, as well as informative addresses by industry experts.
Buyers from some of the industry’s biggest retailers, wholesalers and distributors are excited about the rich lineup of brands signed up for the 2011 Show. This includes Shawn Parsons, director of marketing/East for Baltimore-based Commerce Corporation, a distributor of lawn & garden products that sells to a base of 3,500 independent retailers. It’s his department’s job to manage the company’s vendor partners and provide retail customers with the best product selection possible.
“The National Hardware Show is an extremely valuable show for us in terms of timing, new vendors, industry news and maintaining ongoing supplier relationships,” said Parsons, who attends the event with a minimum of 12 Commerce Corporations representatives from marketing, sales and top management. “We are always impressed with the NHS selection of Lawn & Garden vendors, including new and existing brands. We use the show as a chance to meet with our biggest suppliers and discover new lines for our retailer base. The show balances large and small vendors extremely well, and puts a lot of effort into featuring brand new products, which are a key factor in our customers’ sales growth.”
Adam Busscher, owner of Picton Home Hardware Building Centre in Picton, Ontario, hopes to send six company representatives to the Show this year – up from four in 2010. Busscher and his staff will be looking for new products in all the hardlines categories, including Plumbing, Electrical, Hardware, Paint, and Storage & Organization. The company is also expanding more into the Outdoor Living category and plans to spend a significant amount of time in the Lawn & Garden and Tailgating areas.
“It is very important to myself and my company that when we are attending the National Hardware Show, we are able to see all the biggest vendors with the most exciting new products,” Busscher said. “With more than 500 new suppliers coming to the Show, this year will be bigger and better than ever.”
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