Tapping onshoring trend, new furniture manufacturing expo hits Atlanta in 2017
ATLANTA - Exposition Development Company and Progressive Business Media have launched the Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo, a trade show for home furnishings manufacturers.
Set to launch June 7-8, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta - the same location as this year's IWF Fair - the show will provide solutions for furniture manufacturing equipment, machinery, warehousing, technology, and financial and logistics services for the $150 billion home furnishings industry in the U.S.
“Domestic on-shoring of furniture manufacturing has become a real growth opportunity for many manufacturers due to several factors including increased costs for overseas labor, logistics and transportation, as well as the need to shorten lead times in an increasingly customized manufacturing process,” said Matthew Slaine, CEO, Progressive Business Media.
“Technology has allowed equipment to create efficiencies that make building and assembling furniture domestically, faster, better and less expensive. Recent research shows consumers will pay as much as 32 percent more for a custom sofa and 88 percent want it delivered in less than four weeks.”
Georgia World Congress Center
Stephanie Everett, COO & Partner of ExpoDevCo, said, “We are very excited to partner with Progressive Business Media to develop a leading show serving the home furnishings manufacturing supply chain. By combining our trade show expertise with PBM’s market leading brands and industry knowledge, we look forward to being able to deliver an invaluable business platform to both buyers and sellers.
“EDC’s team also has significant experience in various manufacturing and textile industries that will only add to the value of the launch and development of HFMSE,” added David Audrain, ExpoDevCo’s CEO and partner.  
In addition to the exhibitors and demonstrations, HFMSE will feature an education component, sponsored by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA).
“We are looking forward to providing the education part of the show,” said Andy Counts, CEO of the AHFA, noting that the group is now exploring subjects that will be timely and meaningful to attendees.
He added, “It is a natural fit to have AHFA members and Solution Partners Group members exhibiting. We also want to provide education on the regulatory environment and provide some solutions in that area.”
ExpoDevCo is based in Atlanta and runs shows such as the Atlanta Foodservice Expo and Expo Produccion, which they just partnered with E.J. Krause on in Mexico.  
PBM runs leading trade magazines, including Furniture Today, Home Accents Today and Gifts and Decorative Accessories, as well as a suite of events. 

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