CABINETS & CLOSETS 2017 | By Bill Esler
Cabinets & Closets Expo returns in April
New this year is a day-long lean operations track and certification for closet
Cabinets & Closets Conference and Expo returns to Chi-cagoland in 2017, running April 11-13
at the Renaissance Convention Center.
Registration opens in October 2016.
Located 20 minutes from O’Hare
Airport, in Chicago’s vibrant Northwest
area, the convention center features a
deluxe setting for the two-day expo.
The Renaissance Center also provides a perfect location for the two-day
pre-show conference, featuring business
management tracks for closets and
cabinet shop owners. New this year is a
Lean Operations track, as well as a certification program for closet designers
developed by the Association of Closets
& Storage Professionals (ACSP).
The two-day expo is expected to
include more than 100 exhibitors of
closets and storage systems, panel,
functional and decorative hardware, de-
sign and production software, and wood
manufacturing machinery and tools for
cabinetry and custom shops. Business
management systems and professional
consultants will also be part of the mix.
Closets Professional Certification
The Closets conference track is being
developed in partnership with the
ACSP, the largest nation organization
for home storage professionals. It will
include sessions on business management and design trends, including sessions that will count for credit against
the formal ACSP Closets Professional
ACSP plans a series of online classes
leading up to Cabinets & Closets 2017.
A refresher course and final certification
testing will be offered during the show.
Custom woodworking firms and clos-
et and storage businesses are enjoying
a good business run, with remodeling
projects on the rise. Cabinets & Closets
2017’s near Chicago location places it
in one of the top U.S. areas for home-
owners - primary customers for cabinet
and home organization remodeling jobs.
As a result, thousands of cabinetmakers
and closet designers and fabricators are
in the area as well.
Today’s clients present unique chal-
lenges for remodeling segment owners,
who must deliver not just expert work-
manship, but a creative approach to
More than 100 exhibitors expected at the 2017 show.