March  2004

The Show Scoop

Attendance Soars at Builders’ Show

The International Builders’ Show (IBS), held January 19-22, 2004, in Las Vegas, was a huge success.
Attendance to the show was up this year with 1,650 exhibitors and 104,627 attendees, compared to 1,300 exhibitors and 92,000 attendees last year.

The keynote speaker at the opening session was former President George H.W. Bush, who applauded homebuilders for serving as the backbone of the American economy in 2003.

From windows to doors to decking and more, attendees had 800,000 square feet of exhibit space throughout three halls to mull over.

If you weren’t able to attend the show, here are some products and news of which to take note.

Making News
Portland, Ore.-based Contact Lumber Co. announced at IBS, that it recently introduced its QuickShip™ Inventory (QSI™) program, which it says is designed to make it easy for builders to buy in small quantities the company’s natural-wood wrapped mouldings and millwork products, without its distributors having to inventory large quantities of product.

For the QSI program, Contact stocks quantities of standard profiles wrapped in maple, cherry and oak. The company promises to ship within three days of receiving distributor orders.

“We’re marketing to builders because we want to pull through demand for the product, but we will not sell builders directly,” Jim Snodgrass, sales manager, said. (Info circle card #163).

At this year’s show, attendees had a number of educational opportunities. Mold and industry trends seemed to be popular issues this year. If you didn’t attend any seminars, you can download seminar handouts at

Next year’s IBS will be held January 13-16, 2005, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Products Galore...
Endura Products Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., introduced the JamDam™ frame adapter at IBS. The company says the adapter provides a protective barrier against water damage and eases jamb conversion between sill profiles.
The adapter also raises the jamb stop and rabbet ¼-inch off the ground, which the company says prevents water from wicking up the jamb and avoiding discoloration, rotting and callbacks. 
Info circle card #158.)

ODL Inc. of Zeeland, Mich., announced at IBS that it has added two new decorative door-glass families to its line of ODL Decorative Doorglass for the home.

The new designs include the Cirrus family, which the company says gives the illusion of depth by using both granite and thin-reed glass, and the Avant family. (Info circle card #160.)

Weather Shield Windows & Doors of Medford, Wis., showcased its French sliding patio doors and sliding patio door, which the company says is completely re-engineered for better operation, greater energy-efficiency and enhanced appearance. 

With a new design, improved sight lines, smooth sliding and double weather-stripping for a tighter seal, the company says these doors offer improved performance and aesthetics. (Info circle card #161.)

Parkersburg, W.Va.-based Simonton Windows displayed its StormBreaker™ plus vinyl line, which is available in 18 coastal states from Maine to Texas and features impact-resistant glass. 

The units are composed of a piece of heavy polyvinyl-butyral plastic interlayer sandwiched between two pieces of double-strength glass. (Info circle card #162.)

Many exhibitors at this year’s show also have virtual exhibits you can browse. To see IBS’ Virtual Trade Show, go to


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