The International Housewares Association is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and its growth since its founding in 1938 has mirrored the industry.
Incorporated on May 17, 1938, the association as it is known today was first known as the House Furnishing Manufacturers Association of America (HFMAA) and held its first housewares trade show in 1939 at the Palmer House.
In 1940, HFMAA changed its name to the Housewares Manufacturers Association (HMA) after merging with a rival show organizer, the National House Furnishings Manufacturers Association. Six years later, HMA merged with the New York Housewares Manufacturers Association to create the National Housewares Manufacturers Association (NHMA) and operate the industry’s primary Housewares Show in 1947.
The NHMA moniker served as the association’s name until 2000, when its board of directors, recognizing the global nature of the housewares industry, changed the corporate name to the International Housewares Association.
“Through the decades, IHA has been led by a board of directors and professional staff who are committed to maximizing the success of the global home products industry and focused on providing value to the retailer/supplier relationship,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president and CEO. “We are proud to serve the industry and appreciate the continued support from members and retailers alike. We look forward to many more years of being the voice of the housewares industry.”