Gladiator GarageWorks to anchor hardware show’s storage section
National Hardware Show organizers announced that Gladiator GarageWorks will anchor the Storage and Organization section at the 2009 event, to be held May 5 to 7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Gladiator GarageWorks, a Benton Harbor, Mich.-based company specializing in garage organization, will feature products, designs and ideas for consumers, while showing retailers how to increase sales with the features and benefits of its modular garage organization system, the company said.
Gladiator offers a coordinated look for organization products and appliances, including brackets, hooks, bins, and caddies that allow consumers to customize and organize their space.
“We are pleased that Gladiator GarageWorks has chosen to exhibit at the 2009 event,” said Ed Several, group vice president and show manager of the National Hardware Show. “We applaud Gladiator’s commitment to their current and prospective retailer customer in providing those ways through product demos and new sales and marketing opportunities at the show.”
According to the NPD Group, a leading provider of consumer and retail information, home channel retailers have an opportunity to increase their presence in the garage storage area, which is “somewhat immune to the current housing market downturn,” said Mark Delaney, director of the NPD Group’s home division. “Garage storage is an up-and coming category that seems somewhat recession-proof.”
Former Chase-Pitkin building to house True Value store
A former Chase-Pitkin Home and Garden store in Penfield, N.Y., will have a new tenant this spring, according to the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. A True Value store—called Beyond Hardware True Value—will occupy a portion of the building beginning in March.
In October 2005, it was announced that Chase-Pitkin, a chain of 14 garden centers in the Rochester area, was closing its stores. Wegmans, the Rochester-based food store chain and parent company of Chase-Pitkin, cited big box competition as the reason for the closings.
Beyond Hardware True Value will occupy 21,000 square feet of the 47,000-square-foot building, including 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. Owners Matt Shapiro and Jim Marsh believe the area has a void when it comes to smaller home improvement stores. Shapiro said if the store is successful, they plan to open five to seven more stores in the Monroe County area in as many years.
Report: Slow growth expected for windows and doors
United States market demand for windows and doors is expected to reach $40 billion in 2012 – that’s a slower pace than the 2002 to 2007 period, but still a gain of 2.8 percent annually, according to the Freedonia Group.
Several factors are working to restrain demand, including low residential construction. Housing starts in October sank to the lowest level since tracking began in 1959. Residential construction constitutes the largest market for windows and doors, according the Freedonia report, the 461-page “Windows and Doors.” While a modest recovery is expected through 2012, Freedonia expects the level of housing completions to be only slightly higher than in 2007. Another challenge for window and door sales is the decline in average floor space per new housing unit, leading to home construction requiring fewer windows and doors.
The picture for windows alone is more promising, as increased interest in energy efficiency contributed to the projected gain of 3.7 percent per year through 2012. Metal windows are expected to show the biggest growth in demand.
Looking specifically at doors, projections are for 2.4 percent growth through 2012. Plastic doors, according to Freedonia, will show the most rapid gains in demand, with an anticipated annual rate of 4.9 percent.
Wood windows and doors will continue to account for the largest share of overall window and door demand, totaling 41 percent in 2012. Through 2012, however, demand for wood products will dip below the average pace, primarily due to the high cost of wood products compared to plastic items, according to Freedonia.
“Wood products are increasingly seen as high-end products that increase the values of the structures in which they are installed,” the research company said in a statement.