March 10, 2016, St. Paul, MN– Grace McNamara, President of AIM Communications, parent company producing the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and publishing Window Fashion VISION magazine, announces that Charlotte, NC, will host the 2017 window covering industry trade show March 8 & 9. For the past three years, IWCE has been co-located with Design & Construction Week, the umbrella entity that includes the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builders’ Show (IBS).

The move to the Southeast and early Spring dates was strategic for the industry, according to McNamara. The Design & Construction show dates in very early January were competing with other international events and riding on the tail of the holiday season. The early spring dates of March 8 & 9 are perfect timing for the window coverings industry to launch new products and for dealers to get a fresh start on business activity in 2017.   Charlotte is a perfect Southeast venue, located in a right-to-work state favorable to exhibitors and an easy city to get to from U.S. and international locations. The history and culture of Charlotte also provide exceptional entertainment in a safe, friendly environment.

IWCE 2017 will offer high-level educational programs and events targeted for the interior design community, specifically for window covering specialists.

IWCE is sponsored by Window Fashion VISION magazine and is the major trade show and conference for the window coverings industry in the U.S. Grace McNamara has published Window Fashion VISION magazine since 1986 and produced the IWCE trade show since 1997.


CONTACT: Grace McNamara, show producer:, 651.756.8834



** AIM Communications, parent company of IWCE,  does not support the HB2 bill.  IWCE had booked the Charlotte venue well before this law was passed. We value our relationship with the interior design community as a whole and find HB 2 and related laws to be detrimental to the industry.  It is our hope that all members of the interior design community know where we stand with HB 2 and feel welcome to attend IWCE in Charlotte March 8-9, 2017. **

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