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Three Showtime exhibitors expand showrooms  

High Point, N.C. — Three of the largest tenants in the Market Square Textile Tower are in expanded showrooms for this week’s Showtime fabric fair, which runs through Wednesday.

Valdese Weavers has expanded its space by more than 25% to 6,500 square feet. The company has a sixth-floor showroom housing the Valdese and Valdese International Products lines and a seventh-floor space that is home to its Mancini line.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our newly expanded showrooms in the Tower,” said Mike Shelton, president of Valdese Weavers. “Our customers will certainly be pleased with our newest offerings in this great new space.”

Valdese offers jacquard fabric for residential and contract furniture manufacturers and jobbers, as well as top-of-bed, recreational vehicle and multi-purpose categories.

JLA has more than doubled its space to 2,800 square feet in a new showroom on the eighth floor of the Textile Tower. JLA is a converter of Chinese home textiles and all patterns are copyrighted by JLA Home Fabrics. When Costa Blanca Textiles recently decided to exit the U.S. market, JLA purchased the U.S. rights to market and distribute its Unisuede brand of sueded microfiber.

STI, based in Kings Mountain, N.C., almost doubled its space with a move to a new 2,400-square-foot space on the sixth floor. STI produces a line of jacquard and dobby upholstery fabrics, all woven and finished in the United States.

“Our showroom in the Textile Tower has always provided us a great opportunity to show our line to a wide variety of buyers, both current and prospective new customers,” said Sean Gibbons, ceo. “We see this expansion as a great opportunity to continue to grow our business.”

The Market Square Textile Tower, owned and operated by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., was home to the first International Textile Market in July 1990. The Suites at Market Square section of the building became home to the temporary exhibits for Showtime after it opened in April 2000.

“We are thrilled with the long-term commitment these key industry leaders have made to the Market Square Textile Tower,” said Tom Mitchell, senior vice president and general manager for MMPI in High Point. “The Textile Tower has served as the core fabric building in High Point since 1990 when it housed the first International Textile Market.”

(Reported by HTT sister publication Furniture Today.)

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