ISFA, IWF Announce Expanded Partnership

Posted: 01/21/2013 3:07PM

 

OREM, UT - The International Surface Fabricators Association and the International Woodworking Fair, LLC  have announced the formation of a partnership geared toward increasing the focus on the countertop industry for the 2014 IWF show. The partnership includes an agreement in which ISFA will work with IWF to develop a full countertop educational track for the show and a “Countertop Pavilion,” which will be co-sponsored by ISFA.

The educational track will include six educational sessions geared toward the countertop industry, as well as continuing the full day Countertop Symposium that ISFA has put on for the past two IWF expos.

“With so many laminate and solid surface fabricators already attending the International Woodworking Fair it makes sense to expand upon that and open the show up to fabricators of all countertop materials,” said Rick Hannigan IWF 2014 chairman. “The new educational track will include sessions geared toward laminate, solid surface, quartz surfacing, natural stone, concrete and other countertop materials.”

The new Countertop Pavilion is designed to bring new suppliers of materials, tooling, machinery, equipment and other products and services together in one area of the show for the convenience of those in the countertop industry. As part of the new focus, ISFA Associate Members who have not previously exhibited at the show will be afforded an exhibitor discount if they exhibit in the pavilion and all ISFA members will get discount admission to the show.

Additionally, ISFA will have its 2014 Annual Member Meeting at IWF and will also host a networking event for those in the surfacing industry.

“We have worked closely with IWF for the past two shows and expanding upon our established relationship will provide additional benefits for our membership and for the entire surfacing industry,” said Mike Langenderfer, ISFA president. “Educational and networking events are a big part of what ISFA offers, and solidifying IWF as an outlet for increasing those programs is another opportunity to bring together the industry and improve the quality of the products fabricators offer.”

IWF 2014 will be held Aug. 20 to 23, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Those interested in participating can contact either ISFA or IWF for additional information.

About ISFA:

The ISFA is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to helping its members become more profitable through education, fostering professionalism and promoting the countertop industry. For more information or to schedule an interview with ISFA President Mike Langenderfer or ISFA Executive Director Chuck Sawyer, contact Communications Director Kevin Cole at 815-721-1507 or kevin@isfanow.org.

About IWF:

The largest woodworking technology trade show in North America, IWF is held every other year at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., and is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized around the world as the pre-eminent event for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment, supplies and innovative new technology, IWF attracts visitors from every level of the industry and more than 80 countries and all 50 states. For more information contact Jim Wulfekuhle at jamesw@iwfatlanta.com or 404-693-8333.

Source: The International Surface Fabricators Assn.

 


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