SHOW REVIEW | By Robert Dalheim
AWFS Fair 2017 sees
growth up 17 percent
AWFS Fair show organizers say the biennial 2017
event saw attendance increase 17 percent over the
AWFS Fair show organizers say the
biennial 2017 event saw attendance
increase 17 percent over the 2015 show.
Over 12,300 attendees were registered,
with 18,457 total participants and 683
exhibiting companies. The show drew
professionals from 67 countries.
“This was the largest show our Association has hosted since 2007, in terms
of both exhibit space and attendance,”
said Archie Thompson, AWFS president. “In addition, our membership
has continued to expand with 461
current members, the highest total that
I can remember since I have been an
AWFS Fair volunteer since 2000.
“Just to put it in perspective as to
how far our industry and this show has
bounced back from the Great Recession, we sold more booth space during
our four show days (for 2019) than
we did over the course of 10 months
following our 2009 Fair,” said Rob
Howell, SCM sales manager and AWFS
2017 board member. That is a testa-
ment to the perseverance of the people
that make up this industry and some-
thing we can all be proud of.”
By the end of the show, AWFS Fair
had received 2019 booth commitments
from nearly 150 exhibitors, which
represented a record amount of onsite
exhibitor booth sales for the second
consecutive show in its history.
AWFS Fair will return to the Las
Vegas Convention Center, July 17-20.
AWFS Fair 2017 kicked off Wednesday, July 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Running
through July 22, the industry’s top manufacturers and professionals exhibited
the very latest woodworking equipment
An expanded show ;oor allowed
attendees to see the latest in CNC
machinery, edgebanding, hardware,
panels, fasteners, software, and more.
An Industry 4.0 showcase highlighted
arti;cial intelligence, virtual reality,
robotics, 3D printing, cloud computing,
and the Internet of Things.
See expanded coverage at woodwork-ingnetwork.com/events-contests/awfs.
AWFS Fair Closets
By Michaelle Bradford
Attendees at the 2017 AWFS Closets
Symposium, held July 18 heard from
an impressive lineup of experts.
Brandon Olson of Closet Creations
and Karla Kinney of ClosetMaid
discussed the projects Olson has done
with MN Custom Homes.
Jonathan Zublena, director of sales
and marketing for Wood Trac Closets
by Sauder, offered valuable tips for
adding new product lines.
Sheri Mercadante, Marketing
Director at German Design Center
presented examples of European closet designs.
Mike Carson, Inspired Closets and
Eric Marshall, Modern Closets &
Garage and DEA Kitchen Remodeling, offered advice on the pros and
cons of outsourcing. Marshall later
joined Troy Greenberg, RedLine
Garage Gear, to discuss opportunities
in garage renovation.
Celebrity designer Lisa Adams
joined Michele Weitzel, Northern
Contours and Jesse Collins, Rehau as
they discussed design trends.
The session ended with Sarah
Reep, Director of Designer Relationships & Education at Masco Cabinetry
and Denise Butchko, Butchko & Co.,
on how to create strategic showrooms.