For cabinetmakers and closets professionals, Cabinets & Closets 2016 is within reach from anywhere in the Los Angeles area. Free access is offered by a number of more than 90 exhibitors of closet accessories, cabinet hardware, panel, wood components, and software and machining technology at the Pasadena Convention Center, March 23-24.  Usetheir pass code when you register by clicking the button at right. 

More than 14,000 square feet will feature an exciting slice of materials and systems for producing home storage solutions and kitchen cabinetry and other remodeling projects. In addition, visitors can take advantage of free opportunities for professional development, troubleshooting, and peer-to-peer networking at the show. 

Free entry to Cabinets & Closets 2016

One example of a free pass to the Expo can be found in a blog about the show by Richie DeMarco, president of the Association of Closet & Storage Professionals. The code is provided by his company, Eveready Hardware (Booth #114) in the blog: code EVEREA16. Other exhibitors have included free clodes in Tweets, at Facebook, and in emails sent to their customers.

Click on these links to find the free pass codes from your suppliers, or ask any one of the show exhibitors to provide you their pass code:

Hardware Resources Booth 523

JB Cutting Booth 215

Laguna Tools Booth 411

Sidelines Booth 315

Timesavers Booth 423 

Western Dovetail Booth 601 

Keynote Speaker Lisa Adams March 23

Just before the Expo, visitors will have a chance to hear another side of Lisa Adams, closet designer to stars like Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal in a March 23 keynote at 9:00 a.m. Attendance is expected to be strong when the floor opens at 10:00 a.m., drawing from more than 1,000 closet professionals across the state of California.
When the show opens March 23, visitors will find the latest in panel and hardware, machinery and software for both design and business. Cabinets & Closets Expo is the first event devoted to interior remodeling following KBIS 2016, attendees will truly see innovative colors and textures in panel and wood components, as well as hardware innovations that have just entered the market.
 
The 12th annual event has grown in scale and mission, from its roots as a Closets design and home storage solutions conference with a small expo, to the much larger event that will have sold out its space at the Pasadena Convention Center. In 2012 the show — and its accompanying conference — was renamed Cabinets & Closets Expo, to reflect the increasing crossover between custom cabinet shops and closets and home organization firms. The synergy between the markets continues.Just before the Expo, visitors will have a chance to hear another side of Lisa Adams, closet designer to stars like Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal in a March 23 keynote at 9:00 a.m. Attendance is expected to be strong when the floor opens at 10:00 a.m., drawing from more than 1,000 closet professionals across the state of California.
When the show opens March 23, visitors will find the latest in panel and hardware, machinery and software for both design and business. Cabinets & Closets Expo is the first event devoted to interior remodeling following KBIS 2016, attendees will truly see innovative colors and textures in panel and wood components, as well as hardware innovations that have just entered the market.
 

Running CNC woodworking machinery

With the recovery, closets and cabinetmakers are re-examining their approach to production. For this reason, among more than 90 exhibitors at the show are seven CNC manufacturers: Biesse America, Felder Group, Holz-Her, Laguna Tools, SNX, Stiles Machinery, and Thermwood.
Along with those companies, there are also two vertical panel saw manufacturers exhibiting: Putsch Inc. and Colonial Saw. Other machinery exhibitors include Castle (joining machinery), Schmalz (material handling), and Timesavers (sanders). 
Software to control the machinery, and for designing closets and cabinets, will also be on view at Delcam ArtCAM, Cabinet Vision, Microvellum, Mozaik, Real Closet, and RSA Associates. In addition business software for managing customer relations and growing leads is being shown by Improveit360 and MarketSharp.  
 
Another big draw March 23 will be the Awards Reception at 4:00 p.m. on the Expo Stage, with Best in Wood custom woodworking awards and the Top Shelf Closet Design Awards winners announced. A surge in Top Shelf entries to 70 – 10 percent higher than last year – is another sign of the growth of the home renovation market, as home organization businesses picked up many new projects over the past year.
The Young Wood Pro award winner will be feted during the event. And CCI Media will also celebrate the relaunch CLOSETS magazine with a special presentation during the awards. CCI Media acquired Woodworking Network and Cabinets & Closets Expo in December 2015. 

Keynote March 24 Houzz Marketing Manager Lindsey Thudin

Houzz sales and marketing expert Lindsey Thudin will keynote day two of the  2016 Cabinets & Closets Expo, providing a rare opportunity for business operators to speak directly with a representative of the popular home interior trend setter. The show runs March 23-24 at the Pasaadena Convention Center near Los Angeles. It  follows a full-day conference at the same site on March 22.
 
"The Internet has changed forever the way your prospective clients discover and hire professionals for their building and remodeling projects.
 
Custom woodworking and closet businesses are enjoying a good business run with remodeling projects on the rise, Thudin notes. But today’s clientele presents a challenge for business owners, who must deliver not just expert workmanship, but a creative approach to projects that is in touch with contemporary design trends, and technology.
 
"Old models no longer work as customers now expect to perform deep due diligence from the very start," says Thudin,  "Business owners  must leverage new tools like Houzz to successfully close business at every stage of the traditional sales funnel - from consideration to credibility to the final stage of the sales process."

New capital investment tax incentives

Cabinets & Closets Expo is also the first big show with running wood manufacturing machinery and controlling software to take place since Congress made permanent the investment tax incentives known as Section 179. Congress voted in December 2015 to make permanent a 100 percent deduction for capital investment, up to $500,000. (It is retroactive through 2015, according to www.Section179.org.) Investments above that level, up to $2 million, are deductible at a lower rate.
In addition, a 50 percent Bonus Depreciation is part of the law, and it will be extended through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017. (In years past, these write-offs were enacted in the waning weeks of the year, too late to plan investments.) More information will be available from Quail Leasing (Booth 430) as well as equipment and software exhibitors.
 
Opening the week before spring break, Cabinets and Closets 2016 is shaping up to be a business event with opportunities for learning, networking, and run and relaxation. Located in one of Southern California’s most appealing vacation spots, the show is close to attractions like Disneyland, Universal Studios, and beautiful California beaches and coastline.
The 12th annual event has grown in scale and mission, from its roots as a Closets design and home storage solutions conference with a small expo, to the much larger event that will have sold out its space at the Pasadena Convention Center. In 2012 the show — and its accompanying conference — was renamed Cabinets & Closets Expo, to reflect the increasing crossover between custom cabinet shops and closets and home organization firms. The synergy between the markets continues.

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