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NORWALK, Conn. — The National Hardware Show, which takes place May 10-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is expecting one of its deepest and most diverse line-ups of retailers and distributors in the Show’s 66-year history.

This impressive list of global attendees comes not only from traditional hardware retail and wholesale outlets but additional retailers like grocery, mass, drug, catalog and the Internet - all representing almost $240 billion in sales revenue.

In addition to industry giants like Home Depot, Walmart, Sears, Costco and Leroy Merlin, the sold-out Show is attracting additional retailers like ShopRite/PriceRite (grocery), Skymall (catalogue), and Amazon.com, QVC and Cabela’s (outdoor recreation).

There will also be a significant number of independent hardware retailers representing the Ace, True Value and Home Hardware co-operatives, as well as distributors like Orgill, Distribution America, Gro Group, Lancaster and others.

“For retailers and distributors, the National Hardware Show represents a way to stay ahead of the competition and put the latest and most innovative products in front of their customers,” said Rich Russo, event director, National Hardware Show. “We look forward to an attendee list that reflects not only a Who’s Who in home improvement but a variety of outlets that show how much our industry continues to expand to include the entire channel.”

The 2011 National Hardware Show – the first to be held in conjunction with the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) All-Industry Convention – features nine product categories: Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living; Hardware & Tools; Homewares; Paint & Accessories; Plumbing & Electrical; Storage & Organization; and Tailgating/Outdoor Recreation; as well as core product categories being featured in the Show’s International Sourcing area.

The Show will continue to offer exciting special events, including product demonstrations, NRHA TV and Social Networking Roundtables, as well as informative addresses by industry experts.

The categories of buyers attending this year also include BJs (warehouse); Target and HSN (mass merchants/specialty/internet catalogue); Price Chopper (major grocers); CVS and Albertson’s (chains); and Arett Sales Corporation, Commerce Corporation and Foster's (lawn/garden/outdoor living distributors).

“Personally, I have been attending the National Hardware Show for 20 years and have seen retailers of all sizes, states, countries and diverse business backgrounds,” said Brendan Sullivan, director of merchandising for PRO Group, Inc., the nation’s largest independent hardlines group with $3 billion in annual distributor sales. “The merchandise team at PRO Group uses the National Hardware Show an important source for new products and manufacturers. New products and programs are extremely important to PRO Group member distributors and PRO hardware retailers.”

Kris Kahn, president of The Fulham Group, explained that his company’s new line of portable outdoor grills caters to a cross-section of lifestyle segments – from camping and tailgating to beach and backyard entertaining – and that the National Hardware Show® enables him to reach retailers in multiple segments all under one roof. For example, the Fulham Group will have a chance to market Ambia, its line of modular space heaters, to home centers as well as non-traditional hardware retailers like office supply stores.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to grow our retail partnerships and channels of distribution at the National Hardware Show,” said Kris Kahn, president of the Fulham Group, the exclusive licensee for Cuisinart outdoor grills and grilling tools. “NHS attracts a wide variety of core retailers from traditional hardware segments as well as other target markets for Fulham, such as camping and specialty cooking retailers. This breadth of retail channels is one of the main reasons we chose to exhibit again this year.”

Derril Linseman, product manager, lawn and garden for Home Hardware, a Canada-based chain of hardware building centers, spends most of his time in the Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living area each year at the Show. “I always find not just new products, but also the latest trends in colors, styles, what's hot and what's not,” he said. “The number of quality vendors and products continues to grow. It is an important starting point for our selection of product for the next season.”


The National Hardware Show celebrates a rich history spanning 66 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s to today's current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show continually evolves through the industry's involvement, commitment and passion to improving America's quality of life through their homes.  

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