Emery-Waterhouse 2012 Marketplace

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Hardware distributor Emery-Waterhouse, based in Portland, Maine, threw its 170th birthday party and 2012 Marketplace March 15 to 17 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. The company unveiled its new slogan: “Driven by your success.”

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Emery-Waterhouse CEO Steve Frawley said 2012 was off to a good start following a year that saw 21% gains in warehouse sales. Current goals for the distributor include a push into Boston and New York City, and a sharpening of its “fact-based” analytics.

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At the Milwaukee booth, Juan Rosa (left) and Ryan Long represented some of the latest power tool trends.

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Rust-Oleum Corp.’s Bob Krug demonstrated his company’s Countertop Transformations product. The kit allows DIYers to transform tired kitchen countertops.

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The 2012 Marketplace show floor was anchored by the retail execution center, displaying signage ideas, assortment strategies and design innovations. Organizers called it the Maine Home Center.

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Rob Ferraro of Jerry’s Paint & Hardware Co. in Narragansett, R.I., (left) connects with Annie Konopka, Emery-Waterhouse territory specialist.