SpecialtyFabricsReview.com | December 13, 2012

By Galynn Nordstrom

On Thursday morning, Nov. 8th, the first-ever ShowStoppers awards were distributed on the show floor to this year’s eight winners: Applied DNA Sciences, Cabrio™ Structures, Carlson Design, Consew®, King Tech Industry Corp., Sommers Plastic Products, Thomson Research Associates and Xtreme Seal. From a total of 84 products entered by 56 exhibiting companies from four countries entered into this year’s inaugural competition and displayed in a special exhibition area, these eight IFAI Expo exhibitors’ new products received the most votes from show attendees on opening day.

The ShowStoppers awards were created to recognize the best new products exhibited at the show: from most innovative to most effective to most economical to most environmentally sound. Show attendees voted for their favorites in five different categories, and IFAI staff delivered the star-shaped statuettes to some very happy recipients the next morning. Congratulations, again, to our eight winners this year!

Cabrio™ Structures


Cabrio Frameless Wall System provides clear, unobstructed views, and blocks wind or leaves a “breeze gap” as desired. Panels may be fully interlocked in enclosed position, or slide and be stacked to open the area to the outdoors. Secures the enclosed area against theft when panels are closed and locked. Clear and tinted glass options, curved and corner designs available.

Paul Kwekkeboom, vice president, sales and marketing: “We entered the Frameless Wall System because we see it as an excellent product line extension for awning companies, as they provide a new option for enclosing patios for their customers. We’re thrilled with the response we received from show attendees.”

Accepting the award for Cabrio Structures (photo, left to right): Paul Kwekkeboom, vice president, sales and marketing; Kent Forsland, president; Jana Forsland, marketing; Andrew Kloosterman, operations.

Information on entering the ShowStoppers competition for IFAI Expo 2013 in Orlando will be available online in spring 2013.

Galynn Nordstrom is senior editor of Specialty Fabrics Review magazine.

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