As the largest woodworking show in North America, IWF has always provided the perfect opportunity to compare large types of equipment, meet one-on-one with the machinery experts and learn about the latest developments in technology. But with some of the largest suppliers pulling out, does this change the value of the show?

I say not. With 700 contracted exhibitors, IWF still presents the only opportunity for many woodworking companies —large and small — to view a wide range of equipment and supplies in one venue.

I don’t know many companies that would buy a large piece of equipment without first seeing it in action. And, with today’s economy and limited budgets, many woodworking companies do not have the resources to visit individual machinery showrooms.

To get the most bang for their buck, woodworking companies should still go to IWF. I’ll be there. Will you?

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