Merger unites two global industry organizations

The Global Home Improvement Network and the International Hardware Association announced that they are merging effective Oct. 1. GHIN has 216 members operating in 74 countries with more than 32,000 stores and sales exceeding €330 billion. It will now also represent the IHA with its thousands of hardware stores worldwide through the country associations of Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA. The IHA will remain an independent network administered by GHIN, but with its own president.