GREENSBORO, N.C. — May 2, 2016 — Progressive Business Media (PBM) and Exposition Development Company Inc. (EDC) have announced the launch of the Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE), a trade show showcasing solutions for home furnishings manufacturers. HFMSE will be the only trade show of its kind in the United States serving the $150 billion home furnishings industry. HFMSE will take place June 7-8, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The expo will provide attendees with innovative and timely solutions for their home furnishings business including manufacturing equipment and innovative machinery, warehousing, technology, financial and logistics services.
“Domestic on-shoring of furniture manufacturing has become a real growth opportunity for many manufacturers due to several factors including increased costs for overseas labor, logistics and transportation, as well as the need to shorten lead times in an increasingly customized manufacturing process,” said Matthew Slaine, CEO, PBM. “Technology has allowed equipment to create efficiencies that make building and assembling furniture domestically, faster, better and less expensive. Recent research shows consumers will pay as much as 32-percent more for a custom sofa and 88 percent want it delivered in less than four weeks.”
“We are very excited to partner with Progressive Business Media to develop a leading show serving the home furnishings manufacturing supply chain. By combining our trade show expertise with PBM’s market leading brands and industry knowledge, we look forward to being able to deliver an invaluable business platform to both buyers and sellers,” commented Stephanie Everett, COO & partner, EDC. “EDC’s team also has significant experience in various manufacturing and textile industries that will only add to the value of the launch and development of HFMSE,” added David Audrain, CEO & partner, EDC.
In addition to the exhibitors and demonstrations, HFMSE will feature an education component, sponsored by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA).
“We are looking forward to providing the education part of the show,” said Andy Counts, CEO of the AHFA, noting that the group is now exploring subjects that will be timely and meaningful to attendees. “It is a natural fit to have AHFA members and Solution Partners Group members exhibiting. We also want to provide education on the regulatory environment and provide some solutions in that area.”
“I am looking forward to helping to build this opportunity for the industry. This is something I know will benefit an ever more complicated global supply chain for the home furnishings industry,” said Kevin Castellani of PBM.
Posted May 8, 2016
Source: Progressive Business Media/Exposition Development Company Inc.