ATLANTA -- The International Woodworking Fair (IWF), held Aug. 25-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center, had a vertified attendence of 11,425 visitors.

Impacted by a weak housing market and economy, attendance at this year's IWF was about half of the final tally reported for IWF 2006. Still, IWF organizers said the show, which for the most part earned the thumbs up from the 972 exhibiting companies, gave reason for the woodworking industry to be optimistic about its future.

The woodworking industry is on the upswing and the future is optimistic for the industry. The event sponsored and owned by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), was held August 25-28, 2010, in Atlanta Georgia.

“Anytime you have a gathering of thousands of industry professionals, good things are going to happen for the industry," said Riccardo Azzoni, IWF 2010 chairman and president of Atlantic Machinery Corp. of New Milford, CT. "The energy and enthusiasm generated at IWF by networking, product demonstrations, and new relationships cannot be replaced by any other b2b medium."

“Our booth was very busy from the open of the show every day, until well after the close of the show every day," said Tom Onsrud, president of C.R. Onsrud of Mooresville, NC. "We were very pleased and we sold several machines that were completely unexpected.”

IWF reported that buyers came from 83 countries and 49 states, IWF participated in the Department of Commerce International Buyer Program which resulted in 17 buyer delgations.

“This year IWF exceeded our expectations in terms of quality and interest of the attendees we are glad to have been supporting our industry in these tough times,” said Claus Staalner president of WoodEye North America Inc. of Suwanee, GA.

“Hettich America’s Kitchen Concept 2015 was a huge success for us in our booth," said Mark Mrozik, national sales manager of Hettich America of Alpharetta, GA. "The presentations had a great crowd. Although attendance was down the show provided a great platform to discuss many of our new products with attendees.”

“We know our registration and exhibitors numbers were down compared to our 2008 show however the quality of the buying audience was still strong and very interested in meeting with suppliers to discuss projects and product needs," said Michael Burdis, incoming 2012 IWF chairman and president of James L. Taylor of Poughkeepsie, NY. "IWF had 11,472 buyers, 20,697 total visitors, 972 exhibitors and 375,500 net square feet of exhibit space. The exhibitors and buyers that participated in IWF 2012 felt that the show either met or exceeded their expectations.”

IWF is owned and sponsored by American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), andWoodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA).

IWF 2012 is scheduled for held August 22-25, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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