ISSFA Show Attracts Over 4,000 Attendees
Las Vegas More than 4,000 attendees from 36 countries, up 10% over
last year, were drawn to this year’s International Solid Surface
Fabricators Association (ISSFA) trade show and conference.
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
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
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.”