IBS Day 2: Busy Conducting Business

January 11th, 2017 by Trey Barrineau

Big crowds stream into the Orange County Convention Center for the second day of IBS.

The International Builders’ Show (IBS) rolled into the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Tuesday with a huge turnout and a parade of expansive doors.

“This is the first time we’ve done this show in five years, and I think the traffic looks good,” said David Campbell of L.B. Plastics. “We’ll take it.”

The show is expected to draw about 80,000 attendees, according to organizers, the National Association of Home Builders. That’s up from about 60,000 last year in Las Vegas.

Much of that traffic included customers who were in a spending mood.

“It’s the first day, and we’ve already gotten about 25-30 good leads,” said Dominc Desantis of Combilift.

Continuing a trend that’s been evident for several years, large sliding doors were everywhere at IBS. Kolbe introduced a VistaLuxe complementary sliding patio door and contemporary Madison hardware.

“At Kolbe, we’re always looking to understand the needs of architects, builders and homeowners,” said Cindy Bremer, Kolbe’s vice president of marketing. “Our new VistaLuxe complementary sliding patio door is one more way we offer solutions to the window and door market.”

The VistaLuxe complementary sliding patio doors features 3-inch stiles and top rail and a 5-inch bottom rail. Two-panel, three-panel, and four-panel configurations are available in sizes up to 16 feet wide by 8 feet high.

In addition to a new sliding patio door, Kolbe also introduced a new sliding patio handle set: the Madison.

The company also displayed pass-through windows in different configurations for use in commercial or residential applications.

Neuma showed off a door that’s not on the market yet. It’s a three-panel fiberglass sliding system that’s currently undergoing testing, said marketing specialist Michelle Bryant. The company also displayed products featuring blinds between the glass, a trend that’s taken off in the past couple of years.

Kwikset’s large booth displayed its dedication to home automation. It featured Obsidian, a key-free smart lock with a modern design; the SmartCode product portfolio of push-button and touchscreen deadbolts; and the Kevo Bluetooth-enabled smart lock.

IBS continues through Thursday. Stay tuned to dwmmag.com for all the news from the event.

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