Game on! Closets Expo/WPE Florida opens Wednesday
May 31, 2021 | 12:14 pm CDT

The Closets Expo, last held in Pasadena, Calif., in 2019, is set to launch on June 9 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Representatives of nearly 80 companies will soon be busily setting up their exhibit booths at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in preparation for the Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Florida. The co-located events set for June 8-10 will mark the North American wood product industry’s first in-person tradeshow in well over a year. 

Less than two weeks out, the twin-bill event is shaping up to be a great success. A sold-out Hilton West Palm Beach, the headquarters hotel, forced show management to add an overflow block of rooms at the Marriott West Palm Beach. 

Clearly, a lot of industry professionals are looking forward to interacting with their peers and suppliers face to face. The Closets Conference & Expo and WPE Florida are jam-packed with opportunities to see what’s new, learn from expert presenters, and network.

Following is an overview of some of the event’s many highlights.

Hilton West Palm Beach
The Hilton West Palm Beach, the headquarters hotel of the twin-bill Florida event, will host the Top Shelf Design Awards on Wednesday, June 9.

June 9-10 expos
The show floor will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 10. The expo will feature numerous new products, including many that were previously denied formal public introductions due to the cancellations of IWF 2020 and KBIS 2021. Click here, to sneak a peek at products that will be displayed by more than 40 of the exhibitors. Click here to view the current floor plan and list of exhibitors.

Free expo keynotes
Each morning of the Closets Expo and WPE Florida will begin at 9 a.m. with a keynote presentation open to all attendees and exhibitors. 

On June 9, Patrick Chapman, trainer/consultant of Grandy & Associates will present, The 15 Things All Successful Companies Have in Common.

On June 10, Kenn Busch, founder of Material Intelligence, will present Climate Positive Now: How to Tell the World's Greatest Materials Sustainability Story.

Running Machine Program
The Running Machine Program (RMP) has proven to be a popular component of the Wood Pro Expo experience. Representatives of five equipment companies will present demonstrations of CNC routing, contour edgebanding, dust collection, and more during each day of the show. Click here to view the RMP schedule. 

Top Shelf Design Awards
Closets & Organized Storage will present the Top Shelf Design Awards to closet and storage professionals for their outstanding designs not only of master closets but garages, mudrooms, home offices, and other spaces throughout the home. The awards ceremony and networking reception begin at 5:30 p.m. June 9 at the Hilton West Palm Beach, headquarters hotel of the event.

June 8 conference and plant tours 
The three-day event opens with the dual-track Closets and Wood Pro conference tracks on June 8. Rich Harshaw, CEO of Level 10 Contractor, will present the opening keynote presentation to all conference attendees. Harshaw will emphasize why it is important for companies to identify their key strengths and effectively communicate these attributes in all phases of their marketing via personalized stories and examples.

The Closets track, co-sponsored by the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals and Closet & Organized Storage magazine, will also include presentations on installation, design, and free marketing. 

The Wood Pro track is co-sponsored by the Cabinet Makers Association and FDMC magazine. Topics include troubleshooting common wood problems, best practices for estimating and bidding, and bold ideas for the post-pandemic world.

The conference is anchored by tours of three local manufacturing facilities: Doormark, a manufacturer of cabinet doors and components; The Closet Company, a manufacturer of total home organization solutions; and Ultrapan Modern Finishes, a manufacturer of acrylic and PET panels.

Check out the full three-day schedule and register.

About the 2021 Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Florida
The Closets Conference & Expo is the annual national event for closet and home storage professionals. It is co-located with Wood Pro Expo Florida (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively, each part of Woodworking Network. The twin-billing event is scheduled for June 8-10, 2021, at the Palm Beach Convention Center in Palm Beach, Fla. 

The Closets Expo and WPE both lead off with a separate full-day conference on June 8, followed by the two-day expo, June 9-10, featuring woodworking machinery and supplies. Additional educational programming is offered on both days of the expo. Tours of local manufacturing plants and the popular Top Shelf Design Awards networking reception are also key components of the event.

For information about exhibiting, and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Home Storage. For inquiries about WPE, contact Harry Urban, publisher of Woodworking Network. 

Additional 2021 Woodworking Network events
Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, Oct.14-15, 2021, Warehouse at the Nook, Lancaster County, Pa. -- Annual woodworking trade show and conference

Executive Briefing Conference (EBC) Sept. 8-10, 2021, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Annual forecast of economic, technology and design trends for the North American woodworking industry.

Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 4-6, 2021, International Centre, MIssissauga, Ontario -- Canada's national woodworking show.


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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.