ISSFA Show Attracts Over 4,000 Attendees
Solid Surface 2001, which took place at Caesars Palace here Jan. 30-Feb. 1, "accomplished the impossible," ISSFA said. "After three straight years of unprecedented growth, organizers faced a huge challenge: how to once again top last year. As it turns out, there was nothing to worry about."
Solid Surface 2001 has emerged since its launch four years ago as the leading showcase for solid surface products, engineered stone and related products, most of which have direct kitchen and bath applications. The show also attracts a wide range of exhibitors of tools, equipment and other supplies aimed at solid surface fabricators.
Aside from some 300 exhibit booth spaces, Solid Surface 2001 featured an educational conference program of seminars, as well as training sessions at the ISSFA Training and Education Center (ITEC) in nearby Henderson, NV. There was also a series of hands-on presentations covering such subjects as on-site repairs, sanding and finishing techniques, and artistic carving of solid surface materials.
ISSFA also elected a new president. John Forst of Design Fabrication in San Marcos, CA, replaced outgoing president Jon Lancto of Solid Surface Products in Cornelius, NC.
Mike Duggan, executive v.p. of ISSFA, said that, as successful as the event was, Solid Surface 2002, at the Mirage in Las Vegas, promises to be even larger. "We have contracted for an exhibit area totaling 95,000 sq. ft.," he said.
"This is the largest hotel exhibit hall in the world, and we expect to fill it."