ATLANTA - More than 15,000 industry professionals from top management and production attended IWF this August in Atlanta, reports the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) in its latest newsletter. The attendances figure represents a significant increase compared to 2010; in addition some 8,000 exhibitor representatives were in attendance, in booths occupying 389,000 square feet.

IWF registrants came from all 50 states and over 60 countries. IWF registrations were up in 45 states compared to the 2010 Fair.

Thousands of companies sent their key decision-makers to see the latest innovations in materials, supplies and services.

“Industry professionals wanted to see what’s new and what’s next for the industry,” said Michael Burdis, IWF 2012 chairman and president of James L. Taylor Manufacturing Company. “The future of the industry was showcased at IWF with over 850 exhibits.”

IWF is the only woodworking show in the United States that verifies, audits and publishes a detailed statement of attendance after the show which is available to the entire industry.

The IWF trade show brings together industry leaders and showcases innovative products, machinery, materials, design and an expanded conference. IWF 2012 was held August 22-25 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association is a trade association representing importers and distributors of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment in North America. Founded in 1977, WMIA is the recognized voice of importers and distributors and a vital communications link between suppliers and the many manufacturers of wood products in North America.

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