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Scene from the 2019 NHS.
Hartmann (left) spoke at the 2019 National Hardware Show.
The Super Glue booth celebrated a relationship with Monster Jam.
Attendees file into the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Arrow celebrated its 90th anniversary with a special-edition T50 staple gun.
The Worx exhibit on the show floor.
M-D Building Products entertained visitors.
The Max HN120 high pressure concrete pinner.

Hardware Show rises in Vegas

Day One at the National Hardware Show -- the Slide Show

BY HBSDealer Staff

Las Vegas — The National Hardware Show has worked all year for this moment: Opening day. With the introduction of key dignitaries and a solemn national anthem, Rich Russo, industry VP of the National Hardware Show declared the exhibit floor open on Tuesday morning.

In addition to new products, the event packs a variety of educational sessions, awards and keynotes. First up on the NRHA Village Stage, was John Hartmann, CEO of True Value Company, who delivered a presentation on the company’s 2018 transformation and deal with ACON Investments. Hartmann’s speech leaned heavily on the need to change in a changing industry. Among his highlight quotes:

• “Simply sticking with the status quo is not an option.”

• “The speed of change will never be slower than it is today.”

• “It’s incumbent on all of us to challenge how things have been, and to think differently.”

The slide show above includes some more scenes seen on day one of the event.


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