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International Home + Housewares Show

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IHA Announces Inaugural Innovation Awards Finalists

12 Categories, 60 Finalists Named


ROSEMONT, ILL (February 20, 2012)—The 60 finalists in the first annual IHA Innovations Awards have been announced by the International Housewares Association. The winners in each of 12 categories will be announced in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10 in the Innovation Theater, Room E350, Lakeside Center, followed by a reception at the Innovation Awards display in the Hall of Global Innovation (Lakeside Center Lobby). The 2012 International Home + Housewares Show opens at 12:30 p.m. on March 10 and runs through 5 p.m. March 13.

More than 400 entries were received and were judged by a panel of industry experts and news media. The finalists will be on display in the New Product Showcases located in the Buyers Club in each Show building.

"We are pleased to honor exhibitors' cutting-edge innovations. This is an important addition to the Show that increases the visibility of these innovative new products and the companies behind them," said Phil Brandl, IHA president. "Congratulations to all of the finalists."

The finalists are:

Bath & Personal Care  
DMD Brands The Weightless Scale
Gleener Gleener The Ultimate Fuzz Remover
OOri Design, LLC Trickle Tray
Plastmetic (HK) Manufactory Ltd Karibu Baby Folding Bath
simplehuman simplehuman compact sensor pump w/soap
   
Cleaning  
Casabella Holdings LLC Quick Scrub Double Sided Microfiber Spray Mop
CM National Inc. Bambooee
Evriholder Products, LLC Klean Screen™
Method Home Products
Method Laundry Detergent with SmartClean Technology™
Viatek Consumer Products Group Intl. Clean Spin 360 Duo Mop
   
Cook & Bakeware  
Bialetti Aeternum Evolution
Companion Group pizzacraft™ Pizza Cone Set
Kuhn Rikon Corp. Kuhn Rikon PushPan™
Quickshine Ltd. Poachies Revolutionary Egg Poaching Bags
Welcome Home Brands Welcome Home Brands Oven-Safe Paper Bakeware: Festive Collection
   
Floor & Carpet Care  
BISSELL Homecare, Inc. BISSELL Lift-Off Deep Cleaning System
Dyson Inc.  
Neato Robotics Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Vacuum
Rowenta, Groupe SEB USA Rowenta Delta Force Stick Vacuum
Slipstick USA Rubber Castor Wheels
   
Home Décor & Gifts  
Energizer Household Lighting Energizer Ambiana Desk Light
Inventures Products LLC EZ Pull Battery Pendant Light
Mark Feldstein & Assoc., Inc. Plant Pal Singing Bird Moisture Meter
Pitkin Stearns International Deep Sea Pacific
Shirtwhiz Shirtwhiz
   
Home Organization & Storage  
Clean Cubes LLC Clean Cubes
Full Circle Smart Rack - Adjustable & Foldable Dish Rack
Racor, Inc. Ladder Lift
Spiker Inc. Spiker Beach Holder
Travelon Deluxe Packable Shelves
   
Household Electrics & Home Environment  
Dyson Inc. Dyson Hot™ Fan Heater
Humanscale Horizon LED Task Light
La Crosse Technology La Crosse Alerts by La Crosse Technology
Rowenta, Groupe SEB USA Rowenta Eco Intelligence Iron
The Master Brands Group Corporation Whirlpool® Whole Room 360 Fan-Assisted Ceramic Heater
   
Kitchen Electrics  
Bodum USA, Inc. Bistro Pour Over Machine
Elettroplastica S.p.A. Bibo
Jura Capresso, Inc. Jura IMPRESSA J9 One Touch TFT
KRUPS, Groupe SEB USA KRUPS Barista EA9000 One-Touch Cappuccino Machine
Swissmar Swivel Raclette
   
Kitchen Hand Tools & Cutlery  
Buck Knives Inc. TravelMate Kit
Jokari / U.S., Inc. Baggy Rack Pro
Lifetime Brands Inc. Savora Rotary Grater
Rush3 LLC Kebo
United Home Technologies LLC Press Dome
   
Kitchenware  
BlenderBottle (Sundesa, LLC) BlenderBottle® SportMixer™
Browne USA Date Dial Sealing Lids
Evriholder Products, LLC Dressing-2-Go™
Mastrad, Inc. Thermo-sensor Spoon
Takeya USA Flash Chill® Tea Maker
   
Personal & Home Healthcare  
Blueair, Inc. Blueair Sense
Pretika Corporation SonicPulse Facial Brush
Swizz Style, Inc. Stadler Form Anna Heater
Veridian Healthcare iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor
Veridian Healthcare iBaby Monitoring System
   
Tabletop  
3 Green Moms LLC LunchSkins (Sandwich, Snack + Sub sizes)
Harold Import Co., Inc. Blossom Trivet
Lifetime Brands Inc. Pedrini Easy Shaker
OBH Nordica Flavor Dressing Oil Sprayer
Prodyne Enterprises Inc. COLD COVER Chiller Lid

The judging panel for the first annual IHA Innovation Awards included housewares merchants from retailers such as Target, JCPenney, Sears, The Container Store, Sur La Table, Bon Ton, Cook's Warehouse, Kitchen Window, A Southern Season and Cucina Fresca. Other judges included editors from the Kitchen Boy blog and Brides Magazine and many distinguished industry designers.

The International Home + Housewares Show will feature nearly 2100 exhibitors from 125 countries and over 60,000 total attendees. For more information or to register for a badge, please visit www.housewares.org.

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