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Las Vegas, NV (2014) The 69th National Hardware Show®, produced and managed by Reed Exhibitions, was held May 6-8, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Buyers and industry professionals enjoyed three days of product demonstrations, parties, met celebrities, attended educational seminars, and networked with over 2500 exhibitors, 600 exhibiting for the first time.
Attendees celebrated the opening of the show with a poolside reception at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and the second evening an outdoor tailgate party with food, beer, and entertainment. Seminars included, “What does Today’s Homeowner Look Like”, “A Look Forward for Housing and the Economy”, and “Navigating Affordable Care”, just to name a few. The show was attended by many celebrities including Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers”. Drew and Jonathan unveiled their new Scott Living Collection of home and garden décor and outdoor furnishings. Joe Namath, NFL Football legend, attended the show for the second year promoting his Joe Namath Rapid Cooker by EdenPURE®. John Ratzenberger of “Cheers” and “Pixar” fame was on hand to present the All American Awards, which honor products that best reflect American excellence.
The show included 15 product categories; Building Products, Farm & Ranch, Hardware & Tools, Homewares, International Sourcing Area, Inventors Spotlight, Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living, Paint & Accessories, Pet Products, Plumbing & Electrical, Storage & Organization, Outdoors, Tailgate & Recreation, Emergency Preparedness, and Energy Efficient. The following are just a few of the 250,000 products exhibited this year:
The Gyrojaw, “Clamp the Unclampable”; for a complete video demonstration visit: www.gyrojaw.com. The Light N’ Go Bonfire with an embedded wick that lights a white birch log with one match, and needs no container. It’s chemical free, safe to cook over, comes with a handle, portable, and burns approximately 2 hours. The evolutionary M-1 tape appeared at the National Hardware show featuring “sight scribe” technology. The M-1 Tape offers users the ability to read, lock, and then mark measurements at the same time. “Life is tough-we make it easier”, says DBest Products® representative Richard Elden, who introduced the new “SMART CART” rolling cooler designed for Monster Energy; it’s unique and collapsible. To learn more about their product go to: www.dbestproducts.net. An innovative product just in time for all the baby boomers retiring was The Royal EZ seating chair, presented by ComforTek Seating, Inc. You can gently move a seated person to the table; so easy even a child can do it. Contact Randy Schellenbert, President at email@example.com. Also featured was The Zap® Cloth, a cloth that you just wet, wring out, and wipe any surface. The cloth never streaks glass mirrors or windows, polishes as it cleans, and surfaces dry spot-free. The cloth removes bugs, tar, grease, fingerprints, and soap scum using only water. To learn more about this amazing product go to: www.zapcloth.com.
The National Hardware Show® helps retailers stay up to date on the latest trends from exploring new products exhibited by known brands in the business, or meeting manufacturers of new products on the market. For more information about the show or to register for next year’s show to be held May 5-7, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, go to: www.nationalhardwareshow.com or telephone Reed Exhibitions at 203-840-5622.
Brenda Hyatt, Chief Editor/Journalist
Donald Scelzo, Photographer