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         NKBA Offers Reassurance on Viability of 2009 K/BIS in Atlanta
         Hackettstown, NJ — The 2009 Kitchen/Bath                again this year.”                                                            conference’s wide range of
         Industry Show, scheduled to take place May 1-3             In fact, more than 700 exhibitors and co-                                 business and
         in Atlanta, remains a strong and viable entity,         exhibitors are scheduled to show their products                              celebrity speakers,
         according to the National Kitchen & Bath                across 400,000 square feet of exhibit space in the                           K/BIS 2009 is going to be
         Association.                                            Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, ac-                                one of the most valuable
             In response to industry concerns in the wake        cording to the Hackettstown, NJ-based NKBA.                                  and exciting shows ever,”
         of reports of declining attendance at recent               Companies exhibiting include Whirlpool                                    she further noted.
         events such as the International Builder Show           Corp., Kohler, LG, Moen, TOTO, MasterBrand,                                     The NKBA invites poten-
         and the Surface & Fabrication Design Expo, show         Armstrong, GE, Delta, Gerber, TurboChef,                                     tial attendees to view the
         owner NKBA and show manager Nielsen Business            Merillat, Viking, Panasonic, Vent-A-Hood,              Don Sciolaro: K/BIS   complete exhibitor list by
         Media released a joint statement addressing what        Sears, Dacor, Rohl and many others, the                is alive and well.    visiting the K/BIS Website
         they term as “misconceptions” concerning K/BIS          association noted.                                                           located at: www.kbis.com/
         attendance and exhibitor presence.                         “K/BIS 2009 is very much alive and well –           show/exhibitor-list.
             “Are there some exhibitors that have pulled         and the show will once again bring together               Further information about attending or exhib-
         out of K/BIS 2009? Yes,” commented NKBA CEO             hundreds of exhibitors with tens of thousands          iting at the 2009 K/BIS can also be obtained by
         Don Sciolaro. “However, the vast majority of            of attendees,” said 2009 NKBA president Suzie          contacting the NKBA at 800-THE-NKBA (800-
         the large exhibitors will be exhibiting at K/BIS        Williford. “Between the show floor and the              843-6522).

                                                                              “Whether      affect about 2% of its 300,000-per-       financially and is not expected to
         Williford Outlines Goals                                          cutting          son workforce. Most of the cuts           any time soon.
         For NKBA Presidency                                               costs on         affect workers at the EXPO Design
                                                                                            Centers, as well as HD Bath, a bath
                                                                                                                                         “Even during the recent housing
                                                                                                                                      boom, it was not a strong business,”
                                                                           transaction
         Hackettstown, NJ — Suzie                                          processing,      remodeling business with seven            Home Depot said, noting that busi-
         Williford, the newly-elected presi-                               or increasing    sites. The company’s core Home            ness at the chain has “weakened
         dent of the National Kitchen & Bath                               sales through    Depot stores will not be affected,        significantly as the demand for big-
         Association, has targeted four goals                              consumer         corporate officials said.                  ticket design and decor projects has
         for the trade association in 2009.                                financing or         Home Depot’s cost-cutting plans        declined in the current economic
            Williford, who was inaugurated                                 lead genera-     also include 2,000 cuts to non-store      environment.”
                                                    Suzie Williford: Big
         as the 2009 NKBA President by the          plans for 2009.        tion, mem-       jobs, including 500 workers in its           “Exiting our EXPO business is a
         Gulf Coast Chapter of the NKBA on                                 bers of the      corporate headquarters, while             difficult decision, particularly given
         Jan. 31, said that her objectives are     National Kitchen & Bath Associa-         freezing the pay of its officers.          the hard work and dedication of
         specifically targeted at supporting        tion will benefit from NKBA affinity          The company reported that its          our associates in that business and
         association members in the current        programs in 2009,” she said.    
								
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