2011 National Hardware Show: Day Three

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Brian Burke and David Hill of Cox Lumber in the Cayman Islands check out the Duracell line of generators from Eastern Tools and Equipment.

Corinne AndersonSchoepe of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based Fluidmaster poses with a one-of-a-kind vehicle built in memory of her grandfather Adolf Schoepe, the founder of the company.

General Tools & Instruments' inventor extraordinaire Burt Weinstein demonstrates the company's E-Z Pro Mortise & Tenon Jig.

Goldblatt president Derek Seitz is leading the brand beyond masonry and drywall and into flooring and paint sundries. "We feel now is the time to start playing offense," Seitz said. 

The Inventors Spotlight area of the National Hardware Show helped connect inventors to buyers who recognize ideas that are ready for primetime garden tools; sharpeners, cleaners and even a sink called Hold it and Fold it were on display. 

New on the National Hardware Show floor in 2011 were banners proclaiming energy-efficient products. Such a banner was flying at the NineStars booth promoting energy-efficient trash cans.

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