Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2011: KBIS Transforms Sin City into Sink City

This year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The warm weather of Vegas was a welcomed change from the long cold winter in Kansas City. Another welcomed change was the more optimistic outlook of the many show participants compared to the prior year’s show. Most manufacturers’ of residential plumbing and home hardware products that I talked to sensed that this year would be better than the last. However, the affects of the ongoing slump in the housing market are still clearly weighing on the manufacturers’ investment decisions. Evidence of this was the noticeable lack of introductions of truly innovative new products or new lines compared with shows of a few years ago.

Strom Plumbing’s booth displayed many of their new products. Their large Clarion farmhouse sink drew a lot of visitor attention. Along with their very popular Solitude acrylic pedestal tub, Strom Plumbing also had their new Tuxedo acrylic clawfoot slipper bathtub outfitted with one of their new Art Deco style clawfoot tub faucet.

Many new products are on there way so continue to visit Shop 4 Classics throughout this spring as we may add just the right plumbing or hardware item that you need to complete your 2011 home renovation project.

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