IWF 2006 Poised to be Biggest Fair Yet

The International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-USA® (IWF) continues to grow with nearly 1,400 exhibitors and approaching 840,000 net square feet of exhibit space currently sold.

The Fair, which is sponsored by American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), has sold 99 percent of available exhibit space for IWF 2006. Record numbers of exhibitors are taking more space at IWF than ever before, including more than 250 first time exhibitors, according to information from show organizers.

In addition, organizers report that key decision makers from the woodworking industry have been signing up to IWF 2006 in record numbers, with 55 percent of all registrants representing top management.

"The market is strong and going in the right direction with growth being reported in all manufacturing segments of the woodworking industry. IWF 2006 is on a record pace to be the largest IWF ever," said Russ McBroom, IWF 2006 chairperson and president of Mereen-Johnson Machine Co.

"We have a healthy woodworking industry that's looking for new technology to improve their manufacturing process. IWF is setting a record pace for advanced buyer registration, hotel reservations and record exhibit space sales at IWF 2006. Both exhibitors and buyers alike know there is no other place where they can see as many new products, machinery and supplies, all at one place all at one show," added Patrick LaFramboise, IWF 2006 president and chief executive officer of IWF.

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