KCMA Celebrating 50th Anniversary With Special Events

Reston, VA'The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, the principal trade association for the U.S. cabinet manufacturing industry, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2005, marking the milestone with a series of events throughout the year.

"The last 50 years have given us plenty of reasons to celebrate," said Rich Forbes, president of the Reston, VA-based KCMA. "Our industry has progressed over the past 50 years in all areas, including fashion, quality and service to our consumers. KCMA has played a large role in the defining moments of the cabinet manufacturing business, and we are proud of its achievements."

Added Forbes: "The kitchen has become the most important room in the house, and cabinetry is the most important component of the kitchen. There are many challenges, but our future is bright."

In 1955, the association's founders, R.C. "Dick" Chapman, of Mutschler Bros., and Richard "Dick" Behm, of the Hardwood Plywood Manufacturers Association, met with the intent of preserving the prominence of factory-built wood kitchen cabinets, being challenged at the time by steel cabinetry. Together with 38 charter members'both cabinet manufacturers and suppliers'the two men formed the National Institute of Wood Kitchen Cabinets, later known as the National Kitchen Cabinet Association and then the KCMA.

The 350-member association is marking its 50th anniversary with the following special events:

  • The KCMA 50th Anniversary Forest. In partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation, KCMA will plant 50,000 trees to create a KCMA Anniversary Forest. The foundation has been actively involved in the reforestation of America's National Forests since 1990 by planting trees in areas that have been damaged by fire, insects or disease.
  • A new KCMA Web Site. KCMA is launching a new Web site, redesigned "to be more user friendly and more content driven," according to the association. A special consumers section will provide more visibility for KCMA members' products, and will be a useful tool for consumers seeking to replace their kitchen cabinets.
  • Defining Moments: An Anniversary Keepsake Book. This commemorative book showcases the defining moments of the cabinet manufacturing industry throughout the last 50 years. Included are the stories of the people who played pivotal roles in shaping the industry and the association. The book was to be available to KCMA members beginning last month.
  • Moments in Time: A Photo Exhibit of the History of the Cabinet Manufacturing Industry. The cornerstone of the year-long celebration, this exhibit captures the history of the cabinet manufacturing industry all the way back to the first factory-made cabinets at the beginning of the 20th century. The groundbreaking project will be on display at the Hafele America showroom, in New York, from March 15 through April 2. It then will travel to the KCMA Annual Convention in June.
  • The KCMA 50th Anniversary Annual Convention. The KCMA annual convention will take place June 5-8 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. It will include special events to mark the anniversary celebration. "As we celebrate this milestone, we're proud of the achievements we've made, and we look forward to the next 50 years of accomplishments," said Forbes. "We've seen a lot of changes over the years, but one thing remains the same'the value of this industry association is as solid as the products our members manufacture."


    IBS Termed Most Successful Ever

    Washington, DC'Some 105,000 housing professionals flocked to Orlando in January to make the International Builders' Show (IBS) the most successful and well-attended annual convention in the history of the National Association of Home Builders, the association announced. According to the NAHB, this year's show, staged at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, featured more than 1.5 million sq. ft. of exhibits, showcasing products and services aimed at the residential and light commercial construction industries.

    "The 2005 IBS was unquestionably NAHB's most successful show to date," said NAHB president Dave Wilson. "The outstanding turnout reflects the amazing strength of today's housing industry."

    The IBS trade show had been held in Las Vegas the previous two years.


    Kitchen & Bath Expo Set Again For October in PA

    King of Prussia, PA'The 2005 Kitchen & Bath Design & Remodeling Expo, the kitchen and bath trade show and educational conference serving the heart of the kitchen and bath market, will take place once again in October this year, the event's producer, Cygnus Expositions, announced.

    The second annual event, sponsored by Kitchen & Bath Design News, will take place Oct. 18-20, at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA, Cygnus said.

    "The outcome of our 2004 show far exceeded our expectations," said Pati Beaulieu, show director. "We are looking forward to another successful year, and will build on last year's strengths."

    This year's show will feature an enhanced educational program, coordinated by K&BDN, as well as a greater variety of products and services, Beaulieu said.

    "Any designer or specifier who did not attend the Expo missed an excellent opportunity for a complete educational experience," observed John Beaver, v.p. for Roland & Roland Inc., a regional distributor and show exhibitor.

    "The seminars provided a great opportunity to learn more about many facets of our industry, and the exhibits were loaded with product, service and design ideas," Roland said.

    The Kitchen & Bath Design & Remodeling Expo is sponsored by Kitchen & Bath Design News, supported by sister trade magazines Qualified Remodeler and Design/Build Business, and produced by Cygnus Expositions, the trade show arm of business-to-business media leader Cygnus Business Media.

    Information about attending or exhibiting at this year's event can obtained by visiting www.kbdrexpo.com, or by calling (866) 802-5237.

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