AWFS Termed A Success, In Spite of Outage

AWFS Termed A Success, In Spite of Outage

Anaheim, CA The 2001 AWFS Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair was one of the strongest events in its 44-year history, despite a power outage that affected three of the trade show's five halls for more than five hours, show organizers said.

Sponsors of the biennial show aimed at the West Coast woodworking, furniture, cabinet manufacturing and fabrication industries said that exhibitor space exceeded all past levels, reaching nearly 380,000 sq. ft. at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Despite less-than-ideal economic conditions, total attendance at the show reached 28,400, up 2.6% from attendance at the 1999 event, show sponsors reported.

On the second day of the four-day show, a faulty wire in a relay control module resulted in a power outage that caused a great deal of frustration until a city electrician identified the cause and full power was restored.

"We are already hearing from many exhibitors, including those affected by the blackout, about plans for expanded space, new products and new marketing ideas for 2003," said Joan Kemp, who will chair the committee charged with organizing the '03 event.

The AWFS Fair 2003 will take place July 31-Aug. 3 at the Aanheim Convention Center.