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At the Big Show, some Big Awards

Las Vegas – The three winners of the NHS Awards contest in hardware and tools have nothing in common – except innovation.

The winners were announced here at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, which concludes Thursday.  A thermoplastic tape strip for household repairs; a tie-down kit that uses suction to anchor to a car’s rear window; and a protective tent for outdoor generators earned third, second and first place, respectively, in the NHS Awards contest.

A panel of retailers, distributors and assorted home improvement experts walked the Las Vegas Convention Center in search of products worthy of the NHS Awards in hardware and tools. Here are the winners.

• First place – The GenTent Stormbracer from GenTent Canopies. The product fits and protects thousands of generators or 3,000 to 10,000 watts.

The GenTent Stormbracer

• Second place --  The Stanley Universal Tie-Down Kit, from BCS International. The product securely holds car loads in place with the aid of a powerful suction device.

Stanley Tie-Down Kit

• Third place – Forj Thermoplastic Tape, from ResinFiber. Described as the world's strongest and most adaptable repair material. Just heat it, and tape it-- or shape it.

Forj Thermoplastic Tape

The judges were Paul McNally, Distribution America; Jason Stofleth, Do it Best; James and Morris Carey, the Carey Brothers radio show; Ed McKinney, Wallace Hardware; Zack Giffin, Tiny House Nation; Alex Fernandez, Ace Hardware; Stanley Genedek, “Dirt Monkey;” Jeff Styerwalt, PRO Group; Brian Stearns, Ringofire Digital.

The National Hardware Show featured product honorees in a variety of other categories:

• Plumbing & Electrical
First Place - Juka Innovations Corporation; ToiletShroom Revolutionary Plunger
Second Place - Mr. Cool; MrCool DIY Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump
Third Place - Sencentric; SimpleSENCE Home Leak and Freeze Detector

• Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living/Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ
First Place - Dynamic Solutions Worldwide; DynaTrap DOT - a Discreet Outlet Trap
Second Place - Pet Partners Worldwide; My Pet Pail
Third Place - Seedsheet; Seedsheet Mini Herbs Smart Garden

• Homewares
First Place - ITSmart Security LLC; The Motorola Smart Safes
Second Place - Stop The Slip; LED Night Light Grab Rails
Third Place - Absorbent Specialty Products; Quick Dam Indoor Water Control Solutions

• Paint & Accessories
First Place - Nix Sensor Ltd; Nix Mini Color Sensor
Second Place - Shurtech Brands LLC; Frog Tape Touch Up Cup
Third Place - J-B Weld Company; J-B Weld Clear Weld

• New Product Launch
First Place - Twist and Seal; Rhino Cart
Second Place - National Hardware; G-Rex Adjustable Bungee Cord
Third Place - Dynamic Solutions Worldwide LLC; DynaTrap Dot

If you saw products worth of honorable mention, let us know at [email protected].

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