Wood floor dealers, contractors, distributors, and manufacturers from across the nation arrived in Palm Springs for the National Wood Flooring Association's yearly convention under cloudless blue skies and a blazing sun that pushed the thermometer close to the century mark -- unseasonably toasty springtime weather, even by the standards of Southern California's low desert.
This year's convention, which NWFA organizers dubbed the "Education Vacation," was conducted April 25-28 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. All told, 2,485 wood floor professionals journeyed to the event to participate in a wide range of seminars, peruse the product offerings showcased in 409 exhibit booths and partake in some of the various resort amenities available throughout the local area.
In addition to the trade show, convention highlights included an overview of the NWFA's Advanced School -- which outlined specialized techniques such as working with flooring medallions, insets and mixed-media installations -- and the annual Floor of the Year Awards Banquet.
Other winners, and their categories, were: Legendary Hardwood Floors, Terre Haute, Ind., unfinished craftsmanship and design; The Becht Corp., Tewksbury, Mass., best prefinished design; Extreme Flooring, North Brunswick, N.J., best design in a commercial application; Renaissance Floor In-Lays, best use of wood technology; Strobel Hardwood Floors, Jefferson City, Mo., best limited species design; and Mission Hardwood Floor Co., Scottsdale, Ariz., showroom and personal floors.
Next year's NWFA Convention is scheduled for April 17-20 in Orlando, Fla.