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Awards programs to honor product innovation during 2012 National Hardware Show 

The National Hardware Show (NHS), May 1-3, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, has long been known as a place for the home improvement industry's manufacturers to unveil their latest products and innovations to the global marketplace. At the 2012 National Hardware Show, several organizations will be hosting awards ceremonies to recognize the best of the best in product design, innovation and packaging across a range of product categories."New products are a vital part of keeping the industry moving forward and they are also a vital part of the offering at the National Hardware Show," said Sonya Ruff Jarvis, vice president of attendee programs for the NHS. "While it's always nice to see the industry's innovators get recognized for their hard work with awards, these kinds of award programs are also a vitally important part of the industry's channel partners communicating with one another."Product-related awards programs scheduled to take place at the 2012 National Hardware Show include:
The NRHA Packaging & Merchandising Awards
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
NRHA Village Stage
This award program, conducted by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA), recognizes the industry's finest product packaging and merchandising.
The Golden Hammer Awards presented by Home Channel News magazine
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Room N11/113
Once again Home Chanel News magazine will honor the industry's movers and shakers with its Golden Hammer Awards. This year marks the 28th Golden Hammer Awards celebration.
In addition to a group of the industry's leading manufacturers who will be honored at the ceremony, this year's Golden Hammer Home Channel Hall of Fame honoree will be Bob Taylor, Do it Best and the team from Aubuchon Hardware will be recognized as the Home Channel News Retailer of the Year.
Additionally, attendees for the Golden Hammer Awards will also be able to sit in on a retail panel discussion titled "The Recovery: Is it Real? And what to do about it!"
6th Annual Homewares Awards presented by Homeworld Business magazine and the National Hardware Show
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
NRHA Village Stage
For the sixth year in a row, Homeworld Business magazine and the National Hardware Show will be recognizing the best of the best in homewares product design and innovation.
Lawn & Garden and Outdoor Living Innovation Awards presented by Casual Living magazine and the National Hardware Show
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
NRHA Village Stage
This awards program is back for its second year and recognizes innovative product design with the growing lawn and garden and outdoor living categories.
At the inaugural awards presentation in 2011, manufacturers indicated that the recognition helped drive awareness about their products and traffic at their booths during the remainder of the show.
New Product Launch/Inventor's Spotlight Awards presented by the United Inventors Association and the National Hardware Show
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
NRHA Village Stage
Innovation and new ideas are both huge parts of the National Hardware Show. This year, the show will cast a special spotlight on never-before-seen products in its Inventor's Spotlight area. This area will be part of the show's Innovation Station, which is completely dedicated to new products and ideas.
Hardware Retailing magazine's Retailers' Choice Awards
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
NRHA Village Stage
For more than four decades, Hardware Retailing magazine has been honoring exhibitors at the National Hardware Show for their innovation and excellence with its Retailers' Choice Awards.
Pitch Tank Awards
9:45 am - 10:00 am
NRHA Village Stage
The Pitch Tank will make its debut at the 2012 National Hardware Show as part of the new Innovation Station area, dedicated to showcasing new home improvement products, ideas and inventions.
The Pitch Tank was created to allow everyday entrepreneurs and inventors a chance to give their "pitches," or presentations, to a seasoned team of product development executives and marketers, led by well-known entrepreneur Kevin Harrington, who also appears as one of the "sharks" on TV's popular "Shark Tank."
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