This year, the National Hardware Show had an amazingly, great trade show again this year. With new exhbitors and displays located throughout the convention center, inside and out, there was plenty to see in the latest in home improvement and the hardware industry. “Day One was a phenomenal start for the 2019 Show! It’s great seeing exhibitors and attendees experience everything the Show has to offer,” says Rich Russo, Industry Vice President of the National Hardware Show. This year the show presented a number of special events and panels including:
Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ Party
Women’s Empowerment Series – From Startup to Stardom
NRHA All-Industry Conference
NRHA Top Gun Awards
American Manufacturing Awards
……..And Our Own
Make48 Pitch Panel
Located inside the UIA Inventors Spotlight Area, Make48 CEO, Tom Gray, took part in the Make48 Pitch Panel, alongside Michael Miller, Director of Product Partnerships of DANCO; Maya Schultz, Merchandising at Ace Hardware; and Jenne Frackelton, Senior Buyer with QVC.
“I was very impressed with the pitch panels,” Tom remarked. “Inventors don’t often get the chance to hear feedback from industry experts like QVC, Ace Hardware and Home Depot. And the UIA did a great job in the inventing area new look stage.” Our events coordinator, Amy Gray, was just as impressed. “I always love the Inventor’s Spotlight section. It’s exciting to see what people have come up with to enhance our world.”
This year our Redline, pro-to-go trailer was located right outside the doors of the convention. Our location between the convention and the tailgate allowed for many inquisitive attendees to stop by and check out our display. We showcased two important fabrication tools that are used at our events — 3d printing and CNC manufacturing.
Brian Owens from Shopbot Tools joined us this year and brought with him a ShopBot Desktop MAX. Visitors loved seeing the CNC machining in action, as it offered an educational component, and many have never seen that size of a machine cutting and lasering with such precision.
Everyday, Brian cut out something new with the ShopBot Desktop, including converting a topographic map and making a terrain model. The topographic maps of Goosenecks State Park and the Grand Canyon were so detailed. CNC milling was a big hit this year at our trailer as were the Ultimaker 3d printers. As 3d printing is going more mainstream, many attendees remarked that they either have one or are in the market to get one. No longer just for hobbyists, the new features are providing quality similar to industrial 3d printers.
Outpost Worldwide set up their cameras and interviewed inventors and industry professionals at our outdoor trailer. We met with some friends from the UIA such as Warren Tuttle, Deb Hess and Cathie Kirik; Ryan Dechance from the Grommet; John Lederer with the National Hardware Show and many inventors who were exhibiting at the NHS.
A popular spot this week, that we enjoyed as well, was The Annual Tailgate, Backyard and BBQ Party. A relaxing, kickback area, with a lot of food, drinks and fun, was also the spot for the first Tiny Living @ NHS. A growing segment in the hardware industry, Tiny Living showcased small living, modular and manufactured housing industries.
Open houses were located throughout the Tailgate and Backyard area, and anyone could walk through and see the detailed construction of these tiny homes. “The Tiny Living homes display was a great benefit to the tailgate area,” Tom told me. “With the rise of small space homes, it was good to see a trend in a category that people like to see and who are curious.”
Next year, save the dates May 5-7, 2020, as it will be the 75th Anniversary of the National Hardware Show! It will be a grand show so start planning for next year. Get a glimpse of innovative new products, take advantage of buying opportunities and celebrate home improvement leaders and learn from the best from industry all-stars. “There are so many exciting new things happening at the National Hardware Show,” Amy Gray reported, “… from an expanded products line out in the tailgating area, to the Tiny Homes section, I love how the National Hardware Show is always bringing something new to the table.”