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Award-Winning Tools

With an eye on holiday sales, retailers may want to check out these award-winning tools and accessories. They were the Best in Class winners at the 2019 National Hardware Show® and would make great additions to inventory lists.

First Place:

GenTent Stormbracer Safety Canopies: Running a generator in the garage, even with the exhaust pointing out, is the No. 1 reason for carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Yet, most manufacturers warn that generators should not be used outdoors in wet weather conditions due to shock risks and potential for damage to the machine. What’s the solution? NHS First Place Hardware & Tool award-winner, GenTent Safety Canopies. These generator tents offer a solution for running portable and inverter generators in most wet weather events. The Stormbracer series comes in several designs that offer coverage for most makes and models.

Second Place:

BCS International S4001 Stanley Universal Tie-Down Kit: Hitting the road is one of America’s favorite pastimes, especially during the holiday season, which makes this second place Best in Class winner a must-have for securing oversized loads to open tailgates, trunks and hatchbacks. The Stanley® Universal Tie-Down Kit features two Stanley® vacuum mounts for a tool-free installation to any flat, hard and stable surface. The two anchors can safely support up to 400 pounds of cargo and up to 1,000 pounds of pull during acceleration and braking, helping consumers get to their destination safely and with everything they need to get the job done.

Third Place:

Forj™ Thermoplastic Repair Ribbon: The newest must-have for DIYers’ and contractors’ tool boxes is this third-place winner from Forj. The multipurpose thermoplastic tape can be used to repair items in outdoor, sporting, marine, first aid, agricultural, equine and home improvement settings. The high-strength ribbon molecularly fuses to items with the addition of heat and pressure to repair tools and other broken items and to create custom grips. When cool, the ribbon hardens to a strong plastic. It can be heated with hot water, a hair dryer, a heat gun, a microwave, an open flame or solar magnification and can be reheated for adjustments after it has been shaped.

About Liz Lichtenberger

Liz is the special projects editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and trends, visits retailers, and attends industry events. She graduated from Xavier University, where she earned a degree in English and Spanish and was a member of the swim team. Liz is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children. She enjoys swimming, reading, doing home improvement projects around her house and cheering on her two favorite basketball teams, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Xavier Musketeers.

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