This year's WSFCA Northwest Market & Trade Show saw a 30 percent increase in attendance over last year's.

The Washington State Floor Covering Association (WSFCA) Northwest Market & Trade Show, held recently at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, Wash., saw an increase in attendance of 30 percent over last year. The one-day show drew flooring dealers along with designers, architects and installers who traveled from around the state to attend. The event featured continuing education classes, demonstrations and an array of new products/services from 70 vendors.

Show goers stop by the Surface Art booth at the WSFCA Northwest Market & Trade Show.

Rod Norman, Division 9 Flooring Inc., said the show gave him the opportunity to connect with representatives on a local level. “They know me and my business already so they can gear their presentation towards what I do.”

“The local area interaction has far more bang for the buck,” added Todd Pierce with the Finishing Trades Institute.

Bob Simmonoff, West Shore Interiors, said the show allowed him to “do business with any vendor represented there.” 

Attendees browse new products during the Northwest Market.

“All the new current info and ideas” were key features of the show for Lisa D. Kihm of LDK Designs. “Great show,” added Tom Ryan of Tom Ryan Floors.

Vendors also called the show beneficial. John Luttrell with CorkArt called the event a “very good, well-rounded show.” Gary Gove of Mohawk echoed those sentiments, noting the event provided a “good mix of dealers.”

Tim Thompson of the Cronin Co. and Rick Tipton of Interiors Northwest of Puyallup co-chaired the event. The WSFCA said that plans are already underway for the 2012 Northwest Market & Trade Show.