Closets Expo 2012: Beat It Down to Austin

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 01/16/2012 12:08PM


The 8th Annual Closets & Home Organization Conference & Expo opens for its exclusive three-day run on Wednesday February 15 at the Austin (TX) Convention Center.

I’m looking forward to going because I always come away from the Closets Conference & Expo with loads of information and a better appreciation of what makes the home storage industry tick. I’m also excited about going because the show is in Austin, a great town to mix business with pleasure, catch some great live music and satisfy my craving for fantastic barbecue.

Are you planning to join me there? You should be if you consider yourself a fully vested member of the home storage profession.

The Closets Conference & Expo is not only geared for designers, specifiers and fabricators of closet organization systems, but also for those involved in garages, cabinets, home offices and other home storage solutions.

No other business-to-business event is so totally locked in on serving the needs of home storage professionals as is the Closets Conference & Expo. This is underscored by the fact that the event is organized by CLOSETS magazine, the voice of the storage industry, and the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals, a North American-wide organization dedicated to raising the bar on professionalism and creating greater consumer awareness about home storage concepts and solutions.

This year’s Closets Conference & Expo is built around the theme, “Get Ahead, Stay Ahead in advance of the economic recovery.“ The Closets Conference crafted by the ACSP features more than one dozen sales, marketing and management seminars and roundtables aimed to help storage professionals gather information, ideas and inspiration that they can assimilate into their own business plans and operations. Vince Papale, whose story of becoming the NFL’s oldest rookie was adapted to the silver screen in Disney’s hit movie, Invincible, will kick off the conference with a stirring and motivating keynote presentation.

Shop and Compare Products

The Closets Expo presents a plethora of products for closet, garage, cabinet and other organization systems. This year’s expo will again highlight the latest advances in products for the home organization industry from soft-close slides and hinges to decorative melamine panels and from custom drawer boxes and cabinet doors to fully integrated closet and garage systems. Plus, the show includes a wide array of value-added accessories such as cubbies, valets, pull-down rods, lighting, etc. Attendees will also find CAD/CAM software, woodworking machinery and much more. This is your once-a-year opportunity to see new products, shop and compare prices, connect with current and potential new vendors, and stay on top of the latest trends that are driving the storage industry.

Closets not your bag? This year’s event also features the most comprehensive Custom Cabinet Conference in its three-year history. The two-day co-located program is co-sponsored by the Cabinet Makers Association and Custom Woodworking Business. It is geared for custom cabinetmakers and woodworkers looking for ways to become more efficient at sales, manufacturing and installation.

You can learn more about the 8th Closets Conference & Expo and 3rd Custom Cabinet Conference as

I’m looking forward to seeing you in Austin!


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About the Author

Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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