AHFA provides in-depth education for Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo

Event sponsored by Progressive Business Media, Exposition Development Company

HFMSEGREENSBORO, N.C. - The Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE), being held June 7-8, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center, is sponsored by Progressive Business Media, parent company to Casual Living, and Exposition Development Company and addresses the new, old trend of on-shoring. As foreign labor costs rise, improvements to machinery and automation are made and a new White House administration pushes to keep jobs in America, companies are making major investments in U.S. manufacturing.

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Recognizing this shift, HFMSE will provide manufacturers with innovative and timely solutions for their home furnishings business including manufacturing equipment and innovative machinery, warehousing, technology, supplies, financial and logistics services.

A large part of the expo is dedicated to educating attendees about regulatory and compliance issues. The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), industry experts on these issues, will provide in-depth educational seminars throughout the expo to teach attendees about critical issues and bring an industry perspective to the regulatory process. AHFA has designed the education specifically for the home furnishings industry and will provide exclusive knowledge and information that’s unavailable at other trade shows.

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Each educational seminar, included with the exhibit hall badge, will be one hour in length and consist of 45 minute presentations followed by 15 minutes for a Q&A session. The schedule will also allow for ample time following each seminar for additional networking with attendees and speakers. Speakers at the seminars are still being finalized; a complete list will be available at the beginning of March.

“We are anticipating a mixture of upholstery and case good suppliers to be in attendance and tried to focus on topics that impact one or both,” said Andy Counts, AHFA’s CEO. “The topics were selected to address the issues impacting companies now and are geared to go beyond basic information and instead provide industry-specific knowledge and solutions.”

The seminars will cover a broad spectrum of issues, including how things will change under the Trump administration. As regulatory agencies get new leadership, the seminars will touch on problems such as what to anticipate with the “Made in America” focus, and what types of tax benefit concerns people might have.

Other topics will focus on emerging concerns with performance fabrics, which are very important to the industry right now, both indoor and outdoor. Seminars will explore if antimicrobial and water-repellent characteristics of these fabrics pose concerns from an environmental standpoint and how companies deal with these issues. A big goal of the seminars is to help grow the home furnishings workforce through education.

To register to attend the expo, visit www.HFMSE.com. For information on exhibiting, please email Exhibit@HFMSE.com.

HFMSE Educational Sessions:

Wednesday June 7th

  • Covering Your Local Assets - Intellectual Property in the Global Age – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Regulatory and Legislative Update – Do you know what you don’t know? – 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Made in America…Again – 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Performance Fabrics and Emerging Chemical Concerns – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Introduction to Supervisor Training – 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursday June 8th

  • Got Skills? – Recruiting, hiring, and training millennials – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • The Community College Pipeline – Community college training programs that work – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Appalachian Forest Grows Bedrooms Every 90 Seconds – 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Ash to Walnut – Appalachian Hardwood Sources for Design – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
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