Countertops Focus of IWF, ISFA Partnership

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/22/2013 2:20PM


IWF, ISFA, International Woodworking Fair, International Surface Fabricators AssociationISFA ATLANTA - The International Surface Fabricators Association and the International Woodworking Fair LLC will partner together for the 2014 IWF show in an effort to increase focus on the countertop industry. In addition to a full countertop educational track at the show, the ISFA also will co-sponsor a “Countertop Pavilion.”

The Countertop Pavilion will host suppliers of materials, tooling, machinery, equipment and other products and services for the market. The educational track will include six educational sessions geared toward the countertop industry, in addition to a full-day Countertop Symposium during IWF. 

IWF 2014 will be held Aug. 20 to 23, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta

IWF, ISFA, International Woodworking Fair, International Surface Fabricators Association “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,” IWF 2014 Chairman Rick Hannigan said in a statement. “The new educational track will include sessions geared toward laminate, solid surface, quartz surfacing, natural stone, concrete and other countertop materials.”

“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,” Mike Langenderfer, ISFA president, said in a statement. “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.”

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


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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