Largest booths bring touch of showmanship to Toronto woodworking event
October 26, 2017 | 9:48 am CDT
McFadden's, SawStop, WMS 2015
The scene at McFadden's Hardware booth during WMS 2015. They are exhibiting in booth #1137 this year.

Sold-out hotels and a jump in registrations bode well for Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo 2017. Exhibitors with the largest displays at also happen to be perennial favorites, drawing big crowds and capturing great attention. 

Richelieu, among the top three exhibitors size-wise, has a striking breadth of hardware, panel, and tools on display. Richelieu will present live workshops in Booth #1014-1015. "Every woodworking professional knows how important it is to have the right tools and shop supplies," says the company. "Richelieu is at the forefront with a selection of products that outperform standard equivalents or get the job done more efficiently and professionally."

Grass Canada in Booth #1027 is planning to display its largest exhibit in North America this year at WMS 2017. A brand new concept exhibit will not only showcase their latest innovations but also feature a "hands-on" area in which attendees can actually work with the products.

At WMS 2015, McFadden's Hardwood & Hardware was easily the most crowded booth - largely as attendees watched demonstrations of SawStop tablesaws with flesh-sensing safety breaks. Part of the Würth Group since 2006, McFadden’s was first incorporated in 1965 as distributors of architectural paneling and building materials. 

In the early 1990’s, McFadden’s introduced hardware items to it is product lines. The introduction of hardware has enabled McFadden’s to become a one-stop shop for our customers. It now has eight branches throughout central and eastern Canada and has extensive plans to continue growing our company in the coming years. McFadden's head office is in Oakville Ontario.
The Würth Group partnership links McFadden's with over 200 companies worldwide, advancing its goal of being a dominant distributor in Canada.  

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