SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - As registrations spike, Cabinets & Closets 2017 added more rooms at an adjoining Embassy Suites Hotel. The show, which runs April 11-13 at the Schaumburg Renaissance Conference Center, is expected to draw as many as 1,000 registrants to for conference sessions and 

 

The conference program, redesigned this year to emphasize business operations and growth strategies, has hit a nerve with with business managers, says Carroll Henning, Event Manager for Woodworking Network. 

 "People from all over have been signing up - and we were surprised by the surge of registrations last week," says Henning. As the demand for hotel rooms reached a sell-out at the Renaisance Conference Center Hotel, additional rooms were secured at the nearby Embassy Suites. 

The April 11 conference program at Cabinets & Closets 2017 includes three tracks, focusing on: Lean Management, Cabinets Business, or Closets Business. Attention to workforce development - a key concern with the thriving home improvement business - is incorporated into sessions on Managing Millennials in the Lean track; and scientific hiring in the Cabinet Track

Working machinery will be plentiful, 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.