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Product-driven: Awards recognize innovation

BY Ken Clark

Successful retailers describe the Five Ps — people, promotion, price, product and place, price — as keys to growth. And the National Hardware Show delivered on most of them — particularly product.

Awards programs at the National Hardware Show helped make innovation and improvements easy to spot — from big brands to new players.

The Home Channel News Golden Hammer Awards ceremony held Wednesday morning at the show recognized the following companies, which were selected by a peer-voting process with ballots distributed to retailers before the event: 

• Cleaning Supplies – Simple Green

• Electrical Supplies – Leviton
• Fasteners – Midwest Fastener

• Floor Care – Bona Kemi

• Hand Tools – Stanley

• Gloves and Apparel – Wells Lamont
• Home Security – First Alert

• Paint Supplies & Tools – Hyde
• Plumbing Supplies and Equipment – Fluidmaster

• Power Tools – DeWalt
• Decorative Hardware & Locksets – Schlage
• Decorative Lighting & Fixtures – Design House
• Fashion Fixtures – Kohler
• Home Organization – Closetmaid

• Major Appliances – GE

• Paint Wall Treatments & Stains – Benjamin Moore
• Small Appliances – GE
• Bath Vanities – Kohler
• Building Materials – Boise Cascade
• Insulation & Housewrap – DuPont
• Caulking & Sealants – DAP

• Doors – Masonite

• Lumber & Plywood – Weyerhaeuser

• Windows – Andersen
• Barbeque – Weber-Stephen
• Garden Accessories – Design House

 • Lawn & Garden Organics/Chemicals – Scotts

• Lawn and Garden Tools & Irrigation – Ames True Temper
• Outdoor Power Equipment – STIHL
• Pool Supplies – ARCH 


The North American Retail Hardware Association recognized 26 products during the Retailers’ Choice Awards Ceremony Wednesday in Las Vegas. These products, which were selected for recognition by a panel of retailer, are representative of the innovation available on the market today. The winners were: 

• Jeweler in the Dishwasher
• Grip-On HandsFree Flashlight           
• Can Converter
• Tie Boss Pulley
• TabletTape
• Grip-On HandsFree Flashlight,
• BugLit Nite Ize
• Cleaning Glove, Quickly Clean
• General Tools’ Cordless Precision Engraver
• Smart Tool Organizer
• The Deck Demon
• U Socket Power Outlet
• Sentry 300 Gate Opener System
• Tie Downs, S-Line
• Apex Tool’s Ratcheting Adjustable Wrench
• Life+Gear Glow
• T-Roc Gloves        
• Hot Air Balloon Spinner
• Decorative Children’s Trim
• LED Tape Lights
• Solar Power Charger
• Envirohold, Envirohold
• Roto Rooter Plunger
• Hot Spot Glove
• Multifunnel
• Paint Protector

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Lancaster helps paint the town

BY Ken Clark

The Lancaster Paint Las Vegas Buying Show opened its doors, marking a collaboration with the National Hardware Show to allow buyers to browse and buy the paint and sundries category in one place.

The two-day Lancaster event at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, next door to the Las Vegas Convention Center, opened Wednesday with some 100 exhibits.

"Being in one location will help drive more paint customers to both shows," said Mike Dube, category manager at Lancaster. "Our vendors have been very supportive of us being here, and we’ve also been able to bring some big-brand paint vendors to the table that might not normally come to the National Hardware Show. That’s good news for attendees of both shows, as there will be a lot more vendors for everyone to see."

One of Lancaster’s newest retail customers said he saw the value in the co-location of the shows. "We really appreciate the Lancaster Buying Show as it allows us to see a wide range of products all under one roof," said retailer Juan Masip Diaz of Dijtham Curacao in Curacao, Antilles. "We’ve already been to the National Hardware Show and were impressed with how we were able to see so much more than hardware products there, such as the home and garden products."

John Plocic, director of sales at Techtronic Industries North America, was one of the new exhibitors to Lancaster’s show. "We’re excited to be here and we’ve had a lot of traffic already,” he said. “A lot of the retailers have already been looking at paint vendors in the National Hardware Show, and now they’re excited to come here and see even more options here.”

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Menards opens first store in Kentucky

BY HBSDealer Staff

One year ago it was just a set of blueprints, but Menards first location in Kentucky — a megastore measuring more than 200,000 sq. ft. — opened on May 1 in Owensboro, Ky., according to an article in the Messenger Inquirer.

Menards will be the first store to operate in the 67-acre Heartland Crossing shopping center. Designs for that $45 million development feature building pads for restaurants, banks, offices and a hotel.

After concerns were raised by local citizens and businesses, the state of Kentucky agreed to make improvements to nearby roads and add exit ramps.

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