Mississauga – CCI Canada, the organization that runs the 2019 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference and Expo, reports that exhibit sales are running well ahead of last year’s event a year out from the show. WMS, to be held October 31 to November 2, 2019, is more than 30% ahead of the 2017 event’s pace in terms of exhibitors and exhibit space. “Our 2017 event created a lot of positive momentum and exhibit space sales have continued on a roll since then,” said Tim Fixmer, CEO of CCI Canada, Inc. WMS 2017 featured more than 270 companies and brands. “We’ve seen a great uptick in new exhibitors and also exhibitors returning after missing a few show cycles,” said Fixmer.
Planning is underway for an expanded conference agenda that includes an opening morning keynote that will be free for all attendees. “We plan to have a marquee presenter to kick the show off in a big way,” said Harry Urban, WMS show manager.
The education portion of WMS will feature two learning tracks and keynote luncheons. “Our education program will be devoted to best business practices and technology and design trends,” said Urban. Also new this year will be learning on the show floor.
According to Urban, a post event survey from WMS 2017, revealed 87% of the show’s 4,500 attendees plan to return to next year’s show. “This is the show that brings our industry together and makes it stronger,” said Trevor Chaulk, president of Chaulk Woodworking in Minden, ON. “With a vast array of topics in the seminars,supplier networking and machinery advancements it provides the tools for a great future in the wood industry,” he said
Registration for WMS 2019 will open in Spring. Go to wmscanada.ca for updates.
About CCI Media
CCI Canada is owned by CCI Media, a business-to-business media company focused exclusively on industrial wood products manufacturing markets in North America. CCI Media’s flagship publication, FDMC magazine, circulates monthly in print and digital formats. CCI Media also publishes the bi-monthly Closets & Organized Storage Magazine. Woodworking Network is the umbrella brand for the combined portfolio of wood manufacturing print, digital, and web products and industry events operated by CCI Media.
In addition to WMS 2019, CCI Media produces Wood Pro Expo Charlotte and the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, both of which will be co-located March 6-8, 2019 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
The company also produces Wood Pro Expo Lancaster 2019, to be held October 17-18, at Warehouse at the Nook, Manheim, PA and the Executive Briefing Conference, April 14-16 in San Jose, CA.