AMD Looks to Build on Last Year's Success

Door and millwork industry event set for Charlotte
September 27, 2010
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Looking to build on increased enthusiasm among attendees and exhibitors alike at last year’s event, the Association of Millwork Distributors is heading to Charlotte, N.C., for its 46th annual convention and exhibition. Set for October 9-13, this year’s gathering has been refined to feature one day focused on education, followed by two days of the trade show.

Last year's AMD exhibition featured busier aisles than previous events.

AMD originally planned to go to the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., this year, but flood damage to that property this spring necessitated a change in venue. The organization acted swiftly in its decision to relocate to Charlotte, officials note, based on a recent post-convention survey that named the North Carolina city as a favored city to host its 2011 event.

The Charlotte Convention Center will house the exhibition, while the adjacent Charlotte Westin will serve as host hotel. The city is easily accessible and offers a variety of attractions within walking distance, including the new NASCAR Hall of Fame, AMD leaders note.

Last year, about 800 door and millwork industry professionals gathered in San Antonio for AMD’s annual event. While the size of the exhibit hall was down with the economy, the show was busy and received positive reviews from many in attendance who credited a number of changes the organization had initiated to make the event a better value for exhibitors and attendees alike.

AMD's exhibition remains the door industry's premier event, and continues to attract new exhibitors, such as MasterGrain Doors last year in San Antonio.

“AMD stepped out of the box and provided members with new dynamic registration incentives that encouraged attendance yet provided savings,” says Audrey Dyer of ECMD Inc., co-chair of AMD’s convention program committee. “This was extremely popular with attendees and it has been implemented again this year. The new convention program incorporates innovative ideas that elevate our convention to a greater value.”

Although only two days, this year’s exhibition features more exhibit hours than in the past, organizers note. AMD has also added a “Main Street” concept to the hall to highlight more exhibits, as well as a new member/exhibitor aisle. With the changes, AMD has already sold more than 80 percent of its exhibit space as of July, organizers note, with a steady stream of industry suppliers said to be signing up still.  A list of exhibitors scheduled to be in Charlotte appears below.

Education Program
On the educational front, business author Jason Jennings heads up the list of speakers. The author of such books as "It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small…It’s the Fast That Eat the Slow;" "Less Is More;" and "Think Big, Act Small" will offer the keynote address sharing his thoughts on business with a special focus on millwork industry concerns. Also on the agenda is Eric Belsky, director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, who will offer his insights into the housing and remodeling markets going forward.

Sharon Durand, president of National Accreditation & Management Institute Inc., will provide an overview of AMD’s certification program, and Jessica Ferris, AMD’s director of codes and standards, will update members on recent developments and next steps for finalizing the AMD’s side-hinged exterior door standard, as well as updates on the Energy Star program. Additional speakers will address such issues as distribution sales challenges ahead and managing a 21st century workforce.

More information on the Charlotte event is available at www.amdweb.com.

AMD Exhibitors

as of September 27, 2010

  • Activant Solutions
  • Alexandria Moulding Inc.
  • American Forest Products
  • American Stairways Inc.
  • Arauco Wood Products Inc.
  • Architectural Enhancements
  • BrasPine Madeiras LTDA
  • Bright Wood Corp.
  • Buffelen Woodworking Co.
  • Carolina Stair Supply Inc.
  • Cascade Wood Products Inc.
  • China Hengda Wood Co. Ltd.
  • CMI
  • Computer Associates Inc.
  • Crown Column and Millwork LLC
  • Crown Heritage/East Coast Mouldings
  • DMSI
  • Doorframer
  • Dorris Lumber & Moulding Co.
  • Endura Products Inc.
  • Evermark LLC
  • Ferche Millwork Inc.
  • Fitts Stair Components
  • Fletcher Wood Solutions
  • Frontline Building Products
  • Full House Co.
  • Generation 4 Sales
  • GlassCraft Door Co.
  • G-M Wood Products Inc.
  • Gossen Corp.
  • Imperial Products by Homeshield
  • International Millwork Products
  • ITW Industrial Fastening
  • Johnson Hardware
  • Karona Inc.
  • Kval Inc.
  • Lemieux Doors Inc.
  • Lynden Door
  • Majure Data Inc.
  • The Marwin Company Inc.

  • Masonite

  • Master Lock Co.

  • Menzner Hardwoods

  • Masonite

  • Master Lock Co.
  • Mmidwet Prefinishing
  • Moulding & Millwork Producers Association
  • ODL Inc.
  • Pacific MDF Products Inc.
  • Paragon Custom Plastics
  • Parrett Maufacturing Inc.
  • Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co.
  • The Penrod Co.
  • Perfect!Wood Win-Door Profiles LLC
  • Plastival Inc.
  • Plasticos Automotrices De Sahagun, SA
  • Polincay
  • Ridge Sales Associates Inc.
  • RightConcept Inc.
  • Roland Boulanger & Cie. Ltee.
  • Royal Corinthian
  • Royal Mouldings Ltd.
  • Setzer Forest Products
  • Simms Machinery Inc.
  • Simpson Door Co.
  • Steves & Sons Inc.
  • Sunset Moulding Co.
  • Supa Doors
  • Taylor Building Products Inc.
  • Tempo Hardware Inc.
  • Therma-Tru Corp.
  • TLC Mouldings
  • Tru Tech Doors
  • W&F Manufacturing
  • Weston Wood Solutions
  • WoodGrain Millwork Inc.
  • Woodware Systems
  • Young Manufacturing Co.
  • Zeni