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CAMO Screw Off takes center stage at LBM Expo

BY HBSDealer Staff

Providence, R.I. — National Nail held its CAMO Screw Off finals at a location that was sure to get attention: the 2018 LBM Expo, being held here through Feb. 16.

Otis Nelson of Modern Roofing & Siding in Ashland, Maine, captured the grand prize while beating out 28 other competitors in the deck-fastening event. Nelson represented his regional dealer — S.W. Collins Co. in Presque Isle, Maine — and won a 2017 Harley-Davidson Roadster motorcycle in the process.

In total, 42 contractors qualified at local lumberyards in the Northeast this past spring and summer.

“The CAMO Screw Off was an exciting event, starting at my lumber dealer S.W. Collins all the way to the finals here in Rhode Island,” Nelson said. “It was a great way to learn more about CAMO’s deck fastening products. I can’t wait to take a cruise on the new bike,” Nelson added.

Second place went to David Orgain of Birdseye Building Co. in Burlington, Vt. Representing his dealer Richmond Home Supply in Richmond, Orgain won a $1,500 prize for his effort. Third place went to Robert Smart of Building Smart in Freeport, Maine, representing his dealer Hammond Lumber Company in Brunswick, Maine; while Nathan Demers of Middleboro, Mass., representing Mahoney’s Building Supply in Mattapoisett, Mass., finished in fourth. The latter two contestants each took home $500.

“We couldn’t have planned a more successful event,” said W. Scott Baker, CEO of National Nail. “The competition was intense — everyone came to win, with many of the contractors practicing for months. We congratulate Otis Nelson who gets to drive home a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.”

Designed by National Nail to provide hands-on experience with its CAMO Deck Edge Fastening system, the CAMO Screw Off was hosted by CAMO stocking dealers this past summer and fall in a series of deck fastening speed contests. The unique system, comprised of propriety guides, drill bits and fasteners, fastens deck boards on the edge, to give decks a more beautiful, barefoot-friendly, fastener-free surface.

In the coming months, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based National Nail is expected to announce the details for the next round of the CAMO Screw Off. 

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National Hardware Show does the math

BY HBSDealer Staff

National Hardware Show attendees have a variety of reasons to attend the Las Vegas event. Their motives are as individual as their business, but there are several common denominators, according to the organizaers of the event.

For instance, 83% of attendees say new products/categories are the primary reason to attend. And these aren’t just lookie lous — a full 86% plan on purchasing and sourcing new products when they attend. And more than a quarter of attendees (28%) estimate an annual budget of more than $10 million for products and services seen at the show.

The 2018 National Hardware Show is coming to Las Vegas May 8-10. Categories of products at the show include Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living; Hardware & Tools; Paint & Accessories; Homewares; Plumbing & Electrical; International Sourcing; and Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ. Along with the major categories there are a number of products representing consumer trends: Pet Products, Farm & Ranch, Storage & Organization, Energy Efficient and Smart home.

For more information about the Big Show, visit nationalhardwareshow.com.

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Home is Where the Housewears Are

BY Ken Clark

New York — The main course is slated for March 10-13 in Chicago. But, as part of a new publicity-rich tradition from the International Housewares Association, the appetizer took place here in Manhattan.

And this appetizer was a substantial dish — 50 companies presented their home and housewares products to the media.

The International Home + Housewares Show Preview event included a mix of well-known brands and first-time Housewares Show exhibitors, said Debbie Teschke of the International Housewares Association, hosts of the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show. The coffee industry was well represented, as were products that keep food and drinks cool while hiking to work, or to play. Pots and pans were prevalent, as were air quality products.

The emergence of housewares as a popular entree for hardware and home improvement merchants has been an industry trend for years. And based on the cross-over appeal of many of the products at the Manhattan preview, the hardware industry isn’t going to lose its taste for the category any time soon.

Global housewares spending rose to $355.4 billion, an increase of 2.4%, in 2016 – the most recent available statistics, according to IHA’s 2017 State of the Industry Report.  In the U.S. alone, housewares expenditures increased 6.0% to $87.1 billion.

In Chicago, the show is expected to attract more than 2,100 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 first-time exhibitors. Tom Garda, president of New Jersey-based Select Home Products, has attended the Housewares Show for years. “We’ll be looking for product trends and customers,” he said. “It’s always a good show to learn, and put our products on the map.”

The Show continues its emphasis on the smart home and connected products by expanding the IHA Smart Home Pavilion, offering increased education and networking opportunities. The Smart Talks stage will feature presentations, panel discussions, interviews with industry leaders and more throughout the show.

“The high demand to be a part of our world-class marketplace continues for our IHA member suppliers,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president and CEO. “We look forward to bringing the industry together at the premier global housewares industry event.”

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