AWFS 2013 in Las Vegas turned out to be another great show for Nordfab Ducting. What better place than Las Vegas to meet old and new customers?
Post Show Report (from eXchange)
AWFS attendees, exhibitors and show officials shared mostly optimistic thoughts about the recent event, held July 24-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The show’s executive vice president Angelo Gangone reported a 10 percent increase in attendance.
“We’re very pleased with the overall feel,not only of our exhibitors, but also with attendance and our outlook for the 2015 fair.
We’re excited because we think the show is finally starting to enter a regrowth stage.
Obviously we’ve had a few difficult years in our industry and it’s wonderful to see it starting to rebound,” says Gangone.
Philip Bibeau, executive director of the WoodProducts Manufacturers Association, says he noticed a number of attendees focused onfinalizing equipment purchases.
“In speaking with many of the attendees, I heard that business was down slightly for the year, but they did have orders. The overall consensus was that few businesses are making any money.
The WPMA continues to add programs and services that help companies improve their bottom line. The new website development/maintenance program and service
to reduce monthly credit card processing fees were extremely well-received.”
“The economy has really hurt this sector, so it was nice to see a better turnout this year,” says Kevin White, principal of Kevin White Designs in San Diego.
“Being in this industry for the past 35 years, there isn’t much in the equipment area I look for because I make custom furniture, yet it is always good to see a lot of the newest hardware and especially the new water-based finishes that are being produced. California has gotten really stringent on the VOC issue, so I came to the show specifically to search out the latest finishing products.” Scott Nelson, president of the Woodwork Career Alliance, commented on the group’s progress with its skill standards initiative.
The ongoing project was implemented to certify woodworkers on various skill sets to help them find and maintain gainful employment in the field. He and other WCA members sought to certify new program evaluators at the show.
“Progress has been made over the course of the past year. It’s starting to move forward, not
only on the education side, but on the industry side as well. We’ve added 18 trained evaluators
from Maine to California, adding to our current count of roughly 70,” says Nelson.