AWFS wood association turns 100

AWFS wood association turns 100 
Chris Myers, VP of sales, Las
Vegas Convention Center; Joan
Kemp, AWFS president, CP
Adhesives Inc; and Angelo
Gangone, exec VP of AWFS, 
celebrate the associaton's 100th

CITY OF COMMERCE, CA -- The Association of Woodworkinng and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) observed its 100th anniversary during the AWFS Fair, July 20-23 in Las Vegas, NV.

AWFS began in 1911 as the Suppliers Chapter of the California Furniture Manufacturers Association; incorporating as a separate organization in 1979 to represent the interests of companies and individuals who supply the home and institutional furnishings manufacturing industries.

The association includes manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, upholstery materials, bedding components, wood products and other supplies to furnishings and wood products manufacturers.

AWFS is the owner and direct producer of the biennial AWFS Fair, the largest industry show in the United States held in July of in odd-numbered years since 1967 and which celebrated its inaugural Las Vegas show in 2005.

Since its inception, AWFS has donated millions of dollars toward educational programs and scholarships to the next generation of industry leaders. AWFS is also a major supporter of WoodLINKS USA, a program specifically created to revive and update vocational woodworking school programs throughout the nation and to promote the woodworking industry to a truly viable career choice for America’s youth.

In addition to its education initiatives, AWFS also actively challenges legislation that is unfair to American manufacturers to be more competitive in the ever changing global marketplace. 

Posted by Rich Christianson 

Chris Myers, VP of Sales, Las Vegas Convention Center; Joan Kemp, AWFS President, CP Adhesives Inc; Angelo Gangone, Exec VP Lead Staff, AWFS



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