First Industry-Run AHMA Hardware Show a Success
Apr 26, 2004
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Buyers from Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, Ace, Do it Best Corp., True Value, and independent retailers from throughout the U.S. and 15 countries were among the estimated 15,000 decision makers, merchandising, and industry executives attending the independent, industry-run American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) Hardware Show held April 18-20, 2004 in Chicago, IL, U.S. This was the first hardware show in 28 years owned and operated solely by the hardware industry association, and was held on 200,000-sq-ft in the South Hall of McCormick Place.

"Despite confusion in the marketplace and a very challenging environment with two major hardware shows in 2004, we've hit the ground running with an AHMA-run Show featuring 700 manufacturers, 30 educational seminars and networking events, and well over 500 new products in the Show's New Product Exposition—a representation of the thousands of innovative products throughout the Show," said Mr. Farrell. "It was a great start to a new era in providing increased value to the industry."

Mr. Farrell adds that the AHMA Hardware Show was an ideal showcase for companies interested in generating media exposure for their most newsworthy products. Camera crews representing all major commercial broadcast TV networks roved the aisles; CNBC covered the Show live; and two nationally syndicated home improvement radio shows broadcast from the floor of the Show. In all, 140 print and electronic media attended from throughout the U.S. and from as far as New Zealand.

"Our aim is to make this an even more valuable event next year for the home improvement industry," said Mr. Farrell. "As long as there is a demand for an industry trade show, AHMA will be involved." The 2005 AHMA Hardware Show returns to McCormick Place on April 3-5.

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