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IHA Names Innovation Awards Finalists

ROSEMONT, IL - The International Housewares Association has named 65 finalists in 13 categories for the second annual IHA Innovations Awards.

Winners will be announced in a ceremony on March 2 during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show, which runs from March 2-5.

Finalists have been named in the following categories: Bath & Personal Care, Cleaning, Cook & Bakeware, Floor & Carpet Care, Home Décor & Gifts, Home Organization & Storage, Household Electrics & Home Environment, Kitchen Electrics, Kitchen Hand Tools & Cutlery, Kitchenware, Personal & Home Healthcare, Pet Products and Tabletop.

More than 400 entries were received and were judged by a panel of industry experts, including housewares merchants from Ace Hardware, Lowes, JC Penney, Pier 1, The Container Store, ShopKo, Cook's Warehouse, Kitchen Window and A Southern Season and editors from the Kitchen Boy blog and Brides Magazine. 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. Congratulations to all of the finalists," said Phil Brandl, president, IHA, in a statement.

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