Gearing up for the return of a healthy home building and remodeling market, manufacturers and suppliers have stepped up plans for exhibit spaces for the new Design and Construction Week, when the International Builders' Show (IBS) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) join forces for a mega-exhibit in Las Vegas, Feb. 4-6, 2014.
Since the announcement earlier this year IBS and KBIS would co-locate to create the first annual Design and Construction Week, IBS has already reeled back in more than 60 companies that had left the show during the building downturn. The result: more than 20,000 square feet of new exhibit space.
Nearly 90 other companies have increased the size of their exhibit spaces by more than 30,000 square feet. Exhibit space for KBIS is already 90 percent sold.
"Design and Construction Week offers manufacturers and suppliers the unique opportunity to reach two very large audiences for the cost of exhibiting in one trade show,"said Mark Pursell, NAHB's senior vice president of Exposition Marketing & Sales. "That, combined with an improving housing market, is translating into these bigger exhibit space sales. We are seeing more and more companies returning to exhibit after sitting out for several years."
Among the companies back in the show: Electrolux Home Appliances, Pro Build Holdings, Masterbrand Cabinets, BSH Appliances, Caesarstone USA, Rinnai and Viega.