National Closets event returns to its Texas roots; registration opens
October 10, 2019 | 10:22 am CDT
The Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, co-located with Wood Pro Expo Texas, features a world of woodworking machinery and supplies.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Early-bird registration is now open for the 2020 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo (CCCE). The annual event, dedicated to designers and manufacturers specializing in cabinets, closet, garage and other interior wood products, takes place March 11-13 at the Arlington Convention Center.

CCCE 2020 will feature a high-powered  conference, two days of machinery and supply exhibits, plus local plant tours and the popular Top Shelf Design Awards networking reception. It is being co-located with Wood Pro Expo Texas, a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. In addition to saving $100 to attend the  the conference registration, early-bird registrants qualify for a self-guided tour of AT&T Stadium following the Top Shelf Design Awards reception on March 12.

View the full event schedule, including presentations planned for the Closets and Wood Pro education tracks.

Laurel Didier, publisher of Closet & Organized Storage, organizer of the event, noted that 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of the first national closets conference held in conjunction with the Texas Woodworking Show in 2005. “We’re excited to be celebrating the 15th anniversary where it all started,” Didier said. “The Arlington Convention Center is at the heart of where the action is being next to the homes of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Six Flags and the new Texas Live entertainment district.”

Didier shared some key highlights of the three-day event. 

Keynote speaker: Barry Moltz, small business coach and host of the weekly Small Business Radio show in Chicago, has been signed to deliver the keynote speech to open up the Cabinet & Closets Conference on Wednesday, March 11. “Barry is an expert on small business, management, marketing, closing sales, and keeping your brand strong. He is a perfect fit for our audience which is predominantly made up of entrepreneurs,” Didier said. “His presentation will set the tone for the entire conference program to help closet and cabinet pros do a better job of marketing, branding and sales.” 

Bus tour: Didier said visits to the factory of First Source Cabinet Doors and the showroom of Techline Furniture, Cabinetry & Closets have been confirmed.  The tour is sponsored by Felder Machinery. The company manufacturer of thermofoil cabinet doors will host a post-tour reception. “They use high-tech CNC machines and pressing equipment to produce their doors used for kitchen and closet cabinets." .

Top Shelf Design Awards reception: The Top Shelf Design Awards and networking reception will be held at AT&T Stadium, the $1.1 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys., sponsored by CCF Industries. “We’re super excited about having our award program and networking reception in the Draft Kings lounge right on the 50-yard line,” Didier said. Closets & Organized Storage will begin accepting entries for the prestigious Top Shelf Awards on Nov. 1.

Two shows, one ticket: “Where design meets technology” is the tagline of the co-located events that will feature woodworking machinery, software, hardware, components and more used to design and manufacture cabinets, closets and other interior wood products. The expo admission includes access to a world of products lined up by both Cabinets and Closets and WPE. “Putting on a high-quality conference attracts a higher-caliber attendee because they are investing time and time into improving their businesses,” Didier said. “I think it’s important for vendors to exhibit what’s new and exciting to find new potential customers but to meet with their current customers. We know that from every research project we have done that smaller shops cannot afford to take three or four days to visit a massive trade show, but when there is one in their backyard they’ll go.” 

Industry partners: The 2020 CCCE and Wood Pro Expo are supported by the Association of Closet & Storage Professionals (ACSP), Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) and Wood Products Manufacturers Association (WPMA). The ACSP is co-sponsor of the Cabinet & Closets Conference. The CMA is co-sponsor of the education track for Wood Pro Expo.

For general information, contact Laurel Didier at For information about exhibiting, contact Patrick Filippelli of Hall-Erickson Inc. at or phone 800-752-6312.

About Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo
The Cabinets & Closets Expo (CCCE) is the annual national event for cabinet and closet professionals and is co-located with Wood Pro Expo. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively, both part of Woodworking Network.

The Cabinets & Closets event leads off with a full-day executive conference followed by the two-day expo 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 reception are also key components of the event. 

The 2020 CCCE is scheduled for March 11-13 at the Arlington Convention Center, Arlington, TX. 

For information about exhibiting, and sponsorship opportunities, contact Patrick Filippelli of Hall-Erickson Inc. at or phone 800-752-6312. 


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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.