K/BIS Blows Into The Windy City
A whole slew of exciting new products will be on display at
CHICAGO What happens when the kitchen and bath industry’s premier
showcase returns to Chicago? It takes the city by storm.
Scheduled to run April 7-9 and April 6-9, respectively, the 19th
Annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and concurrent National Kitchen
& Bath Conference (NK&BC) will be blowing into Chicago’s
McCormick Place this month amidst plenty of fanfare.
With a vast array of product displays, demonstrations,
educational seminars, interactive roundtable discussions, social
activities and special events geared toward kitchen and bath
industry professionals and over 600 local and regional suppliers on
hand this year’s showcase offers resources for every facet of the
Many pertinent and pressing issues will be addressed in a host
of planned educational seminars. Additionally, Kitchen & Bath
Design News publisher Eliot Sefrin, who will serve as keynote
speaker for this year’s event, will look at one of the biggest
issues facing kitchen and bath dealers today: “The Independent
Kitchen & Bath Dealer: Can He Survive, and Flourish, in the New
There will be plenty to see at this year’s show, with product
categories on display including kitchen and bath cabinetry, solid
surfacing materials, laminate, ceramic tile and related countertop
materials, whirlpools, tubs and plumbing fixtures, appliances,
kitchen and bath sinks and faucets, decorative and functional
hardware, kitchen and bath accessories, CAD-CAM software, storage
products and interior fittings, lighting products, related building
products and more.
K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April
7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m., and Sunday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Some 35 seminars are planned to offer educational opportunities in
a variety of areas ranging from “Global Kitchen Design” and “The
Art of Drawing and Rendering” to “49+ Ways to Boost Your Profits to
Record Highs” and “Electronic Kitchen Visioneering Project.”
Internet workshops for kitchen and bath professionals will also
be available, addressing the pressing need for kitchen and bath
dealers to get on and stay on top of the technological
Pre-conference programs and special events scheduled will get
the ball rolling early, covering such topics as “Managing for
Profit,” a seminar that will explore buying and selling strategies,
commission and compensation tactics and marketing tactics, and,
“KitchenArtSchool,” which will offer tips for honing layout and
design skills, with sessions offered for both beginner level and
advanced level designers.
Roundtable discussions, too, will be offered for those wishing
to network with peers in a more informal setting.
On the following five pages, K&BDN looks at just a small
sampling of some of the products and services that will be on
display at K/BIS 2000.