SCHAUMBURG, Il. - Nearly 90 closet companies, custom cabinet and furniture makers, and millwork firms poured into Cabinets & Closets Expo 2017 this morning. The woodworking machinery show runs through April 13 at the Renaissance Convention Center.
 
An estimated 1,000 people will be on the show floor. 
 
A big attraction is the working machinery showcased on the floor - with 10 exhibitors showing machines, from panel saws, to edgebanders, to CNC routers, and joinery systems. Putsch is launching its first edgebander, which will make a U.S. debut at the show. 
 
Wood components will also dominate the show floor. JB Cutting will debut multiple color matches across all product lines to its major textured, embossed-in-register, thermally-fused laminate panels.  
Among exhibitors, 10 are showing software; 20 are showing hardware and components; and 17 are first-time exhibitors. 
 
A record crowd of 200 attended a day-long conference April 11, the day before the show opened. Industry experts from top cabinet and closet firms, as well as masters of lean, spoke to attendees on topics like: making the most of millennial workers, expanding from residential cabinets to commercial, CNC tips & tricks, and surging your sales.  The program included a keynote from University of Notre Dame business professor Chris Stevens, a peer-to-peer lunch, a plant tour of Inter Ocean Cabinet Co., and a networking reception afterward.
 
 
A full schedule for today (April 12) can be found below: 
 
8:00 a.m. – Osborne Wood Products Ideation Breakfast. Seating is limited, so RSVP to lane@osbornewoodproducts.com
9:00 a.m. – Keynote: “Loaded Words” with a chance to hear experts on Google (one actually works at Google). Learn what remodeling prospects are searching for; use those words at your website, and grow traffic. 
10:00 a.m. – Columbia Forest Products Green Cabinet Conference runs until 2:00 p.m. Experts talk about Lacey rules, formaldehyde regulations, and you can meet HGTV star carpenter Chip Wade. Lunch and an evening awards gala ticket are included.   
10:00 – 5: 00 p.m. –  Visit 100 exhibitors before, between, and after sessions and lunch. 
2:00 – What’s Your Problem roundtable with the Cabinet Makers Association. (ACSP Closet Association runs a software-focused table.)
 
The excitement continues Thursday, April 13 until 3pm.