Organizers of The National Hardware Show have expectations for "the biggest and best yet" event, which is coming May 6-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. One of the reasons for the optimism: the long list of big brands on the exhibitor list.
The recent tally has more than 2,500 exhibitors, 15 unique product categories, hundreds of new products being launched and more than 270 show specials being offered by exhibitors.
“The National Hardware Show opens doors to new opportunities,” says Greg Schlecht, owner of Greg’s True Value in St. Francis, Wis. “The chance to review merchandise in an environment without placing orders is refreshing, and the ability to preview products from outside the United States opens our eyes to what is produced globally.”
Exhibitors will include both new and veteran big brands, including Black + Decker, 3M, Big Green Egg, SC Johnson, Hamilton Beach, The Coleman Company, PPG Industries, Zippo Outdoor, WD-40 Company, among others. The global appeal of the Show means more new exhibitors signing on—there are currently 500 new vendors set to exhibit at this year’s event.
For global companies, the National Hardware Show offers opportunities to meet with international customers and potentially strike up global partnerships.
Black + Decker, for example, is one of several big brands that will be returning to the floor at the National Hardware Show.
“Over the years, Black + Decker has consistently provided consumers with innovative, affordable, and quality products. As a result of this, the brand is deeply entrenched in and around the home,” says Frank DeSantis, director of brand marketing. “The Black + Decker brand extends beyond product features and product innovation; it is about being honest, intuitive, involved and thoughtful. Everything we do will be focused on giving people the products, the know-how and the support to get their job done.”
Product categories at the Show include Building Products, Farm & Ranch, Hardware & Tools, Homewares, International Sourcing, Inventors’ Spotlight, Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living, Paint & Accessories, Pet Products, Plumbing & Electrical, Storage & Organization, Energy Efficient, Made in USA and Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery, a new category at this year’s Show.