A Show director’s Top Five picks
Inventors, award winners and featured products are some of the highlights on the 2017 National Hardware Show must-see list.
Rich Russo, VP of the National Hardware Show presented his five top picks to see, experience and explore in Las Vegas May 9-11. Here’s his list aimed at dealer attendees:
• Personalized Exhibitor Recommendations—need help sifting through 2,700+ exhibitors? Our personalized exhibitor recommendations can help! Based on information you provide during registration, we’ll send you a customized list of exhibitors to visit.
• Featured Product Displays—from Made in USA and New Product Launch to New Product World and the Homewares & Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Awards Displays, these product displays are where you can quickly access the products your customers will be asking for.
• Inventors Spotlight—who doesn’t love a chance to discover the next big thing? Don’t miss your opportunity in Inventors Spotlight with 100+ innovative new solutions.
• NRHA Stage Sessions & Awards Ceremonies—take a few moments to review the schedule. Plus, the daily awards ceremonies will help you find what top buyers are ordering this year.
• Annual Tailgate Backyard & BBQ Party — this year, we’re going Hawaiian style. Join us for complimentary refreshments, food sampling and more at the Luau on Wednesday, May 10, 4:30 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. outside in Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ.
The British are coming (to the show)
The Gardenex export federation is organizing the British pavilion at the 2017 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas from May 9 to 11.
It will the 21st such visit of British lawn and garden vendors, including VegTrug, Nordic Garden Buildings and Home to Garden.
Ranging from self-contained raised planters, to rodent control, to “magic” LED string lights, the vendors will represent Gardenex — the Federation of British Garden and Leisure Manufacturers.
The Big Cheese is among the vendors coming to Las Vegas. It will showcase its Catch & Kill, Live Catch, Bait & Kill and Repel products for effective rodent control.
STAFDA delivers “Cliff Clavin” as keynoter
Why has STAFDA, the Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association, invited a former “Cheers” sitcom actor to speak at its annual convention Nov. 13?
One reason: Because of his other job promoting the building trades in the United States.
John Ratzenberger, most famous for his role as the friendly mail carrier Cliff Clavin on “Cheers,” is also a former carpenter who is engaged in efforts to promote trade skills in America.
He also produced and starred in the TV show “Made in America” on the Travel Channel.
The STAFDA Trade News newsletter quotes Ratzenberger: “My mother used to give me old radios and toasters with the cords cut off. She told us to take them apart. Growing up, everyone we knew would make something and knew how to fix things. We are losing that and we need to get it back.”
Ratzenberger is also working on a television show designed to do something about the shortage of skilled workers in the United States.