Published on : Tuesday, August 6, 2019
The third edition of Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE), a trade show and conference serving the furniture manufacturing industry, was held July 17-18, 2019 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, North Carolina. Owned and organized by Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo) and Progressive Business Media (PBM), HFMSE featured exhibitors showcasing supplies, equipment, machinery and more, a much-needed platform for attendees in the furniture manufacturing industry. The move to Hickory, North Carolina fostered not only an increase in the number of furniture manufacturers attending, but also in the depth of delegations sent by individual companies. With the show in easy driving distance to a larger number of furniture manufacturers, many companies sent groups from different parts of the company on each of the expo’s two days and saw many choosing to attend both days. The show hosted more than 1,000 attendees as well as 69 exhibiting companies/brands from Italy, Romania, Switzerland, and the USA.
Manufacturing Excellence Awards
During the Expo, Furniture Today presented the prestigious Manufacturing Excellence Awards. The awards were given in four categories each honoring manufacturers who are leaders in the furniture industry. Listed below are the categories and the winners:
• Product Design & Innovation Award, Awarded To: HomeStretch
• Manufacturing Innovation Awarded To: McCreary Modern
• Domestic Manufacturer of the Year Awarded To: Century Furniture
• Upholstery Supplier of the Year Awarded To: STI Fabrics
The two-day educational program featured topics such as Major Trends Disrupting the Furniture Industry, presented by Daniella Ambrogi, VP of Marketing – Lectra; Partnering with Industry to Train the Next Generation of Furniture Manufacturing Presented by Jeff Link, Dean of Career and Technical Education, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute; and Upholstered Furniture Design presented by Lewis Mabon, ISFD, Design Engineer, Furniture Technology Center, Leggett & Platt.
Key Supporters included the American Home Furnishings Alliance; Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute; Catawba Valley Community College; the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina; the Manufacturing Solutions Center; and the North Carolina State University Wood Products Extension.