more space has prompted officials to
move the event to Halls B and C to accommodate more exhibitors and their
requests for larger booths.
“The reason we went back to Build-
ing C is that it has a larger footprint
than Building A and we needed more
space for current exhibitors and new
exhibitors requesting more booth
space,” Ghizzoni said. “We will now
have two shuttle bus drop-offs and two
registration areas, to better accommo-
date all attendees.”
The move back into Hall C will not
only increase the show’s footprint but
for the first time since 2008, there will
be exhibitors outside the halls and in
the B-C connector. Also, it will provide
a clear separation of which products
are in each building, making IWF 2018
easier to navigate for attendees.
The entire GWCC campus is going
through a transformation as part of
the Georgia World Congress Center
Authority’s 2020 Vision. The first
phase of the plan was the construction
of the Mercedes Benz stadium. The
plan also calls for contiguous exhibit
space between buildings B and C.
Many of the changes happening at
and around GWCC will have a long-
term positive impact on IWF and its
current and future attendees. For in-
stance, Terraces restaurant, which was
located inside GWCC, was replaced
with Social Table and Ghizzoni said
that the new, award-winning spot “al-
lows for more comfortable seating and
the ability to address our exhibitors
and attendees dining needs.”
IWF Education Conference
During the four-day show there are
many educational sessions on business
management, manufacturing, marketing and new business sectors.
IWF is where industry professionals
find the educational opportunities that
allow them to help their companies improve products, work more efficiently,
expand to new markets and ultimately
become more profitable.
Manufacturing seminars will cover
combustible dust, innovation in composite materials, robots in the small
to medium sized shop, and advanced
manufacturing processes for managing
CAD component designs.
Business subjects will include creat-
ing a skilled workforce, managing and
motivating millennials, working with
architects and designers, and pricing
for profitability. Go to www.iwfatlanta.
com for a full list.
There are also 11 all-day symposiums the day before (August 21) the
show exhibits open, including four that
FDMC and Woodworking Network are
organizing for attendees.
The Woodworking Network Leadership Forum will address real world
business challenges and successes,
emerging technological developments
in wood materials and wood con-
struction, new management thought
processes, and understanding the new
consumer. Sponsored by: JB Cutting.
The Closets Symposium, presented
by Closets & Organized Storage Maga-
zine, is dedicated to closet designers,
builders, and garage businesses. Speak-
ers and panelists will discuss latest de-
IWF 2018 at a glance
IWF: International Woodworking Fair
Dates: Wednesday – Saturday, Aug. 22 - 25
Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 8: 30 a.m. -
5:00 p.m. Saturday, 8: 30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Buildings B & C
Contact: 404-693-8333, firstname.lastname@example.org, IWFAtlanta.com
IWF is owned and sponsored by the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of
America (WMMA) and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association
IWF 2018 offers more than 70 educational sessions and 11 full-day
events, making IWF the largest educational offering in the industry.