Retail Observer

April 2017

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R ETAI LOBSE RVE R.COM APRIL 2017 10 T he 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, welcomed designers, builders, dealers and suppliers along with 596 exhibitors to Orlando from January 10-12 for what was one of the largest and most successful KBIS events to date. This marked the fourth consecutive year of attendee growth, with a 17% increase in attendance over the previous year. KBIS will return to Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center January 9-11, 2018. "I'm extremely proud of the entire KBIS team who together brought this show to life and delivered an exceptional experience for our attendees and exhibiting brands," said Brian Pagel, VP kitchen and bath group, Emerald Expositions. "2017 was one of the largest KBIS shows to date with nearly 600 brands represented, a significant number of which debuted new product innovations at the show. All signs point to a strong year ahead for the kitchen and bath industry. We look forward to bringing the KBIS community together once again in Orlando in 2018," Pagel stated. As a founding member of Design & Construction Week ® , and in collaboration with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), KBIS co-located with the International Builders' Show (IBS) for the fourth consecutive year. NKBA CEO Bill Darcy delivered this year's state of the industry address, discussing annual design trends and economic research studies taking place in the $134 billion kitchen and bath industry. One NKBA study, "Estimated Market Value for the Kitchen & Bath Remodeling and New Residential Construction Markets," found that each year, homeowners remodel upwards of 10.2 million kitchens — roughly one in ten of all households — and 14.2 million bathrooms, two of the most important rooms in a home. Serving as one of the most memorable moments of KBIS 2017, the NKBA with KBIS hosted the first public event supporting the This Old House Generation Next philanthropic campaign to encourage and empower young people to join the skilled trades. All proceeds from the campaign went to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation's Work Ethic Scholarship Program, providing scholarships to people getting trained for skilled jobs T H E N K B A W I T H K B I S H O S T E D T H E F I R S T P U B L I C E V E N T S U P P O R T I N G T H E T H I S O L D H O U S E G E N E R AT I O N N E X T P H I L A N T H R O P I C C A M PA I G N T O E N C O U R A G E A N D E M P O W E R Y O U N G P E O P L E T O J O I N T H E S K I L L E D T R A D E S . KBIS SEES STELLAR GROWTH

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