Manufacturing Solutions Expo coming to Hickory in 2019

HICKORY, N.C. — The third Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE) will take place July 17-18, 2019, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, N.C., according to Exposition Development Company Inc. and Progressive Business Media, the event’s organizers. 

The decision to move the event, which had its second edition July 18-19 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C., was a response to the high demand from exhibitors and attendees requesting the show be held in Hickory. With further discussions among industry leaders, the consensus is that moving to Hickory will allow for easier show access for the furniture manufacturing industry and significant growth in both exhibitor and attendee numbers.

“HFMSE has received an overwhelming amount of support from the industry since its inception, and the move to Hickory will allow for more show growth opportunities, allowing us to provide this industry with the best possible show for all their manufacturing needs,” said Lorie Gross, show director for HFMSE.

Bill McLoughlin, editor in chief of Furniture Today, a Progressive Business Media publication, also commented: “This event has demonstrated its relevance to the furniture industry as it looks toward automation as a solution to the challenge of finding skilled workers. We had a number of the industry’s largest manufacturers attend this year and express how grateful they were to find an event with equipment and service options that were so well aligned with their needs.”

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