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International Housewares Association

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Contact: Deborah A.Teschke
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THIRTEEN COMPANIES HONORED WITH IHA GLOBAL INNOVATION AWARDS FOR PRODUCT DESIGN

CHICAGO (March 2, 2019)—Thirteen housewares suppliers ranging from well-established brands to first-time exhibitors were honored as Global Honorees of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for product design today. The Global Honorees in each of 13 categories were announced during the invitation-only gia dinner on the first evening of the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, now taking place through Tuesday, March 5 at McCormick Place here.

Global Honorees are:

Bath + Personal Care: Easy Reach, LLC, Easy Reach
Cleaning: Fusionbrands LLC, BendItBrush
Cook + Bakeware: IPAC S.P.A., Panboo – 8” Casserole
Home Décor + Gifts: Sagaform, Inc., Hold Adjustable Vase
Home Organization + Storage: Stasher, Stand-Up Stasher
Household + Home Electrics: Gingko Electronics Ltd.., Octagon One Desk Light
Kitchen Electrics: Galanz Americas Limited Company, ToastWave 4-in-1Convection Oven + Air Fry + Toast + Microwave
Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery: Dreamfarm, Ortwo – Grind One-Handed or Two
Kitchenware: Mastrad, Inc., m°control
Personal Care: IQAir North America, Inc., Atem Personal Air Purifier (4 in 1)
Pet Products: IRIS USA Inc., Top Entry Cat Litter Box (PUNT-530)
Smart Home: ETEKCITY, Levoit Willow True HEPA Air Purifier
Tabletop: Magisso North America, Visibility Bottle

“Congratulations to these winners of the IHA Global Innovation Awards for product design; they are excellent representatives of the cutting-edge innovation and creativity that is driving the housewares industry today,” said Derek Miller, IHA president. “Our world-renowned gia program is the ultimate awards event in the industry, honoring excellence in both housewares retail and product design.”

Nearly 500 products were entered in the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) competition. The 65 finalists in all categories are featured in the New Product Showcases in the Buyers Club in each Show building and the 13 category Global Honorees are on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center.

The 2019 International Home + Housewares Show features more than 2,200 exhibitors including 400 new companies and 60,000 total attendees from around the globe. To view the list of finalists for the IHA Global Innovation Awards for product design, please go to www.housewares.org/press/releases/show/461 For more information about exhibitors and the Show, please visit www.housewares.org

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IHA is the 81-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$364.2 billion at retail worldwide in 2017 ($91.6 billion at retail in the U.S.). The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, the International Home + Housewares Show, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, group buying discounts on business solutions services and direct-to-consumer engagement through TheInspiredHome.com.