When: November 2-4

Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Plant Tours


One_Day_Event_Images/Unalam_Logo.jpgUnalam - In 1892, the Van Cott family began selling lumber in Unadilla, NY. In 1906, they made the first Unadilla silo, beginning a product line that would serve farmers until the 1980s. To further their commitment to farmers, the Unadilla Silo Company experimented with glue-laminated barn rafters in 1928. By 1963, the glulam business had picked up steam and they expanded their laminated products division into a new facility in nearby Sidney, NY where they continue their custom wood component production today.

For more than a century, Unalam has built its reputation on a constant commitment to quality and an eye on the future of design, architecture, and construction.

Today’s leaders at Unalam continue to embody the spirit of tradition meeting innovation. Now, with members of the sixth generation of the Van Cott family working, they continue the tradition of strong and beautiful wood construction products manufacturing.


One_Day_Event_Images/Baillie_Logo.jpgBaillie Lumber is one of North America's largest hardwood lumber manufacturers, distributors, and exporters. They are a provider of hardwood logs, hardwood lumber and proprietary grade hardwood lumber products. Founded in 1923 by James A. Baillie, they have grown from a regional supplier of domestic hardwoods to an international hardwood manufacturer that can ship hardwood lumber to any region of the world.

Baillie's hardwood manufacturing facilities are spread north to south in the eastern United States. Their partner mills and suppliers in the U.S. and internationally supplement their own hardwood manufacturing capabilities and give them a breadth of specie availability unmatched by other hardwood manufacturers.


One_Day_Event_Images/Inova.jpgInova is the world’s leading innovator and manufacturer of multifunctional, space-saving furniture for Contract. Using innovative engineering, they revolutionized murphy beds into truly multi-functional and stylish pieces. More than 20,000 of their transforming murphy beds are in use every day in properties around the world.

Their furniture is created by skilled engineers, designers, and crafts people at their state-of-the-art factory located in Upstate New York. Dedicated to consistent high quality and a great customer experience, they offer a full range of services, beginning with design collaboration and space planning to complete delivery, distribution, and installation of their products.

In 2000, Loren Sherman, a theatrical set designer in Manhattan for over 20 years, moved into a new apartment with his two young children and started looking into murphy beds to help create additional space. After researching all available options, he thought “I would really like to have my dining table and my bed on the same footprint in this bright living room: there must be a way to make that happen.”

Months later, the first TableBed was built. In 2001, Loren founded Inova and began to manufacture and sell his patented TableBed.

The company has since evolved to offer a large array of multi-functional furniture solutions for many different markets. Over the last five years, they have grown significantly with the great help of the lean manufacturing principles. They consider this philosophy a great guide in creating a workplace that continues to evolve. Their goals and motivations at Inova are driven by their motto: “Zero Defects” and “No Customer Complaints”.

In 2016 they expanded their factory and offices from 18,000 to 36,000 sq. ft. In 2017, they doubled it again, to 72,000 sq. ft.  As of 2019, their team has grown to nearly 100 employees.