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.”

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.

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

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

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.

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