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APR 2019

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Record crowds, high energy, educational programs and a floodtide of new products marked the 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, returning to Las Vegas as part of 'Design & Construction Week.' KBIS: A Winning Bet eturning to the gambling capital of America proved a winning bet for the 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the three-day trade show that's been undergoing an impressive resurgence in the face of steady industry growth. The largest North American event for the kitchen and bath trade, KBIS returned in February to the Las Vegas Convention Center after two years in Orlando. The show, which is owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, was co-located for the sixth consecutive year with the International Builders' Show (IBS) as part of "Design & Construction Week." According to show organizers, Design & Construction Week witnessed a sharp increase in attendance over last year, attracting a combined total of more than 100,000 kitchen/bath dealers, designers, home builders, residential remodelers and related trade professionals. Floor space also increased, featur- ing more than 2,000 total exhibitors – and expanding to more than one million net square feet of indoor and outdoor venues – between KBIS and IBS, event sponsors said. More than 600 exhibitors displayed a wide range of products and services at KBIS, which also featured a series of special events, network- ing opportunities and educational sessions. "KBIS 2019 was a banner year for us," said Brian Pagel, se- nior v.p. of show producer Emerald Expositions. "The energy was palpable between the exhibitors and the attendees. New products were being introduced by virtually every exhibitor, and the numerous programs, panels and events drew stand- ing-room-only crowds." That momentum, Pagel said, is expected to continue into next year. Indeed, show officials said, more than 400,000 net sq. ft. of floor space has already been secured for KBIS 2020, set to return to Las Vegas Jan. 21-23. "We're committed to producing a show that provides some- thing of value for everyone," said Suzie Williford, executive v.p./industry relations and chief strategy officer for the NKBA. "The kitchen and bath industry remains strong, so it's imperative that we provide not only a showcase for innovative products, but for professional development and networking opportunities," Williford said. "Our community of manufacturers, design professionals, technology integrators, showrooms and builders now have the momentum to carry them through the year." CITING NEW PRODUCTS Another highlight of the three-day show was the presenta- tion of the 2019 "Best of KBIS Awards," a prestigious annual program that recognizes the most innovative new products introduced at the show. The 2019 Best of KBIS Awards were sponsored by Meredith Corp., publisher of consumer shelter titles such as Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, Traditional Home and Dream Kitchens & Baths. The following products were named as winners in each category: • Best of Show: Blade 3D Printed Faucet, DXV: American Standard; • Kitchen Gold: 48" Dual-Fuel Pro Range with Built-in Sous Vide: Signature Kitchen Suite; • Kitchen Silver: HydroTap by Zip Water: Culligan International Co.; • Bath Gold: Flotation Tub With Zero Dimension: TOTO; • Bath Silver: PowderRain: Hansgrohe; • Smart Home Technology: Flo by Moen: Moen Inc.; • Outdoor Living: Arcadia Series Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet: Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet; • Impact Award: Sink Dishwasher, Ningbo Fotile Overseas Kitchen Appliance Co., DBA Fotile. The Best Overall Booth award went to Samsung. Other winners included: • Best Booth Large: GE Appliances, a Haier Company; • Best Booth Medium: SHKL; • Best Booth Small: Woodworks by Ted Todd; • Best Booth Large Honorable Mention: Sicis North America; • Best Booth Medium Honorable Mention: Cutler; • Best Booth Small Honorable Mention: Hammerton. HONOREES The NKBA kicked off KBIS with its annual Design Competition and Industry Awards ceremony. The open- ing-night festivities honored NKBA's history, including the contributions of three designers who are marking 50 years of certification. The trio included: • Robert M. Baker, CKD, who was a member of the board of the NKBA from 1966 to 1980, helped start three local NKBA chapters and served as national president from 1977 to 1979. R Photo: NKBA/KBIS 54 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2019 KBIS 2019

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