Throwback Thursday: Ten years ago National Hardware Show added disaster recovery category

Throwback Thursday is a regular weekly feature in which we dip into the archives of the Hardlines Weekly Report.

Last year was notorious for the number of floods, fires, and other disasters that hit North America. In Canada, wildfires cast a toxic pall over the summer landscapes of major cities, and floods wreaked havoc.

Yet this is not a new phenomenon. Ten years ago, on April 7, 2014, we reported from the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas that “Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery” was a new category at that year’s show.

We quoted Richard Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show, saying that the decision to feature the new category was a natural extension of the show. “We have a fantastic representation of manufacturers that understand the importance of providing products that help communities when disaster strikes.”