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The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is expecting to draw some 40,000 attendees to Las Vegas April 26 to 28.
The 48th annual event from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) will feature a broader array of offerings, the latest in trends and technology, and more opportunities to collaborate with peers and exhibitors, according to the NKBA.
In a pre-show promotional video, Masco Cabinetry President Karen Strauss offered some words of encouragement to the industry facing a difficult environment. "Recessions do end," she said. "The kitchen is still the heart of the home, and consumers will come back to that."
While kitchen and bath sales are down 30% since 2006, cabinetry remains a $9 billion business, she said. And there is opportunity in those billions.
The NKBA members have changed the way they do business in response to market challenges, said Dave Alderman, president of the NKBA. “Our goal at KBIS is to make sure we provide the most up-to-date tools and trends to help them stay successful,” he said.