Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Category Added to 2014 National Hardware Show®

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National Hardware Show May 6-8, 2014Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV

The National Hardware Show® announces the addition of the Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery category to this year’s show, which will be held May 6-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

As technology continues to improve the ability to predict, track and warn people about approaching catastrophic storms, it has also created a retail niche category for merchants who supply their communities with the necessary survival and recovery supplies.

That is why the National Hardware Show, which has been helping identify trend opportunities for the home improvement channel since 1945, is pleased to announce the addition of the new category as an easy way to help show attendees identify and source this product category.

Champ is a recently launched brand that is specifically focused on developing products that can provide assistance in times of emergency. Voxx Accessories Corporation, the parent company of the Champ brand, is sponsoring the Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery category as a direct reflection of the importance they see in the category. “We are proud to be the sponsor for the E-Prep category, as it is extremely near and dear to all of us,” says Ian Geise, senior vice president of marketing & product management with Voxx. “We have seen the devastation that has occurred by Mother Nature and felt it was important to enter the category. Our team has worked very hard to develop products that are unique and offer the protection and preparedness needed to help a person out of an unfortunate situation. Whether it is personal safety, natural disasters, or in-vehicle emergencies, Champ is the brand that will be there for you.”

Some of the companies that will be joining Voxx in the Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery area include Absorbent Specialty Products, LLC, Adventure Medical Kits, Aquamira Technologies Inc., Biocide Labs, Briggs & Stratton, CSA US Corp, Eton Corp., Olight PHOS-CHeK Community Services, Shield Fire Protection, Statgear and Swiss+Tech Products.

According to Richard Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show, the decision to feature the new category was a natural extension to the show.

“The response to our new Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery category has been outstanding,” he says. “We have a fantastic representation of manufacturers that understand the importance of providing products that help communities when disaster strikes. From companies that are new to the industry to larger brands, the Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery category provides access to products that allow small businesses to remain the staples of the communities.”

And response from buyers regarding the addition has been well-received. “I attend the National Hardware Show because it gives me the ability to see new and exciting products and find great new items that give me an edge over other retailers in our marketplace,” says Adam Busscher, owner of Picton Home Hardware in Picton, Ontario. “One new area I am hoping to investigate this year is the Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery category. This is a growing category in our store, and we are looking for new vendors and products that will help us be a market leader.”

And while feedback on the Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery section has been overwhelming, it won’t be the only focus of the 2014 National Hardware Show, as this year, the show will feature 14 other unique product categories, including Made in USA, Lawn & Garden, Pet Products, Paint & Accessories, Outdoors, Tailgating & Recreation, Building Products, Farm & Ranch, Homewares, Storage & Organization, Plumbing & Electrical, Inventors Spotlight and Hardware & Tools.

In addition to these enhanced product categories, the Show will feature exciting special events and limitless networking opportunities attendees have come to know and love from the past as well as a slate of new and exciting opportunities that have never been seen before.

Registration is now open for the show. To register, visit http://www.nationalhardwareshow.com.

About the National Hardware Show                                                                                                
The National Hardware Show celebrates a rich history spanning 69 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s, to today’s current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show continually evolves through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving America’s quality of life through their homes. Today, the National Hardware Show is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insight to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers. For more information on the National Hardware Show, visit http://www.nationalhardwareshow.com.

About VOXX Accessories Corporation (VAC):
VOXX Accessories Corporation (VAC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ:VOXX). VAC is a leader in consumer electronics products and consumer electronics accessories and is the US market leader in over-the-air reception products and universal remote controls. The Company has an extensive distribution network including power retailers and all of the big box stores as well as many of the country’s largest home improvement chains.

VOXX Accessories Corporation possesses a strong brand portfolio and its products rank among the top ten in almost every category in which they sell. Brands include RCA®, Terk®, Acoustic Research®, 808, CHAMP® and SURFACE CLEAN.

For additional information, please visit our Web site at http://www.voxxintl.com and click on RCA or Acoustic Research for specific product info.

About VOXX International Corporation:
VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ:VOXX) is the new name for Audiovox Corporation, a company that was formed over 45 years ago as Audiovox that has grown into a worldwide leader in many automotive and consumer electronics and accessories categories, as well as premium high-end audio. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, VOXX International proudly is recognized as the #1 premium loudspeaker company in the world, and has #1 market positions in automotive video entertainment and remote starts, digital TV tuners and digital antennas. The Company’s brands also hold #1 market share for TV remote controls and reception products and leading market positions across a wide-spectrum of other consumer and automotive segments.

Today, VOXX International is a global company...with an extensive distribution network that includes power retailers, mass merchandisers, 12-volt specialists and most of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. The Company has an international footprint in Europe, Asia, Mexico and South America, and a growing portfolio, which now comprises over 30 trusted brands. Among the key domestic brands are Klipsch®, RCA®, Invision®, Jensen®, Audiovox®, Terk®, Acoustic Research®, Advent®, Code Alarm®, CarLink®, CHAMP®, Excalibur®, Prestige®, and Pursuit®. International brands Hirschmann Car Communication®, Jamo®, Energy®, Mirage®, Mac Audio®, Magnat®, Heco®, Schwaiger®, Oehlbach® and Incaar™. The Company continues to drive innovation throughout all of its subsidiaries, and maintains its commitment to exceeding the needs of the consumers it serves. For additional information, please visit our Web site at http://www.voxxintl.com.

VOXX International Contact:
Larissa Bertolotti
Phone: (631) 436-6408
Email: LBertolotti(at)audiovox(dot)com

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