AWFS® is the largest national trade association in the U.S. representing the interests of the broad array of companies that supply the home and commercial furnishings industry.
- Strengthening the value of the AWFS®Fair for both exhibitors and attendees
- Strengthening and developing industry education
- Building a cohesive, industry-wide coalition to create an effective voice on Public Policy issues affecting the industry
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers®
AWFS® is a trade association with an international, corporate membership that includes manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, upholstery materials, bedding components, wood products and other supplies to furnishings and wood products manufacturers. From its headquarters in Southern California, AWFS® works closely with other industry associations on issues of mutual concern.
AWFS is the owner and direct producer of the biennial AWFS®Fair, the largest industry show in the United States held in July of in odd-numbered years since 1967 and which celebrated its inaugural Las Vegas show in 2005.
AWFS began in 1911 as the Suppliers Chapter of the California Furniture Manufacturers Association; incorporating as a separate organization in 1979 to fulfill a major need to represent the interests of companies and individuals who supply the home and institutional furnishings manufacturing industries.
Since its inception, AWFS has donated millions of dollars toward educational programs and scholarships to the next generation of industry leaders. AWFS is also a major supporter of WoodLINKS USA, a program specifically created to revive and update vocational woodworking school programs throughout the nation and to promote the woodworking industry to a truly viable career choice for America’s youth.
In addition to its education initiatives, AWFS also actively challenges legislation that is unfair to American manufacturers to be more competitive in the ever changing global marketplace. Since AWFS reinvests the proceedings from the biennial show back into the woodworking industry, Fair supporters and participants are helping to strengthen the industry’s future.