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National Hardware Show declares success

BY HBSDealer Staff

Earlier this month, thousands of hardware and home improvement professionals from throughout the industry gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 73rd edition of the National Hardware Show. Show organizers are calling it a success.

“The 2018 National Hardware Show was a successful one,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “With three busy days full of excitement and enthusiasm, we were thrilled to see such a great turnout and hope everyone left feeling inspired by the ideas, best practices, insights and new connections made at the Show.”

Attendees and exhibitors alike had the chance to network, learn about new products and see the latest and greatest in industry trends.

As always, a key focus for all who attended were new products—not only could retailers find the latest and greatest at the show, but there were several featured areas where their latest innovations and developments were on display.

“We’re constantly looking for products for our electrical department,” says Diana Newton, vice president of Bay Hardware in Seal Beach, Calif. “There are always improvements to be made there.”

The educational seminars at the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) All-Industry Conference, held in the NRHA Village in the Central Lobby, were also a popular area for many attendees.

“This event has it all: products, networking, learning more about managing and running a business,” says Sherri Amos, director of dealer support at Home Hardware.

The event also successfully promoted the idea of giving back. Case in point: Operation Tiny Home, which raised awareness about housing instability across the country.

Zack Giffin, co-host of “Tiny Home Nation,” teamed up with local veterans to teach them valuable woodworking and construction skills as they completed a furniture-making workshop. The furniture was then displayed in a tiny home that attendees could tour outside in Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ. The home was later donated to provide shelter to veterans in need.

“The workshops aren’t just about learning new skills,” says Gabrielle Rapport, founder and executive director of Operation Tiny Home. “It’s about a community building and creating something together.”

Nearby was 2 x 4s for Hope, a nonprofit organization that works to build safe and secure shelters for veterans and those affected by natural disasters or who lack safe housing. Attendees could make a small donation and sign a message on a 2 x 4 that would later be used in one of the organization’s building projects.

“It was inspiring for us to see so many industry professionals from across the country and all over the world gather together here at NHS,” Russo said.

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