Made in America Section to Debut at Seattle Gift Show, August 2013

To further strengthen its support of the Buy Local/Made in America movement, Urban Expositions will add a Made In America category to the Seattle Gift Show. Makings it debut during the August 17-20, 2013 edition at the Washington State Convention Center, the new section will offer retailers a convenient, comprehensive resource for discovering the quality, American-made gifts and accessories consumers are increasingly looking for today.

"The Seattle Gift Show has always been a resource for creative, unique, American-made items and we wanted to take the selection to the next level by creating and promoting a special section dedicated exclusively to this important category," explains Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions, owners/producers of the Seattle Gift Show. "Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for retailers to find these items. It's just one more way we can all work together to help support the US economy and promote job growth here at home."

The new Made In America section now joins the eight other show categories comprising the extensive selection at the Seattle Gift Show , including Food Focus, Gifts & Collectibles, Handcrafted, Home & Garden, Northwest Directions, Personal Style, Treasures To Go (Cash & Carry, including Village arts and Fine Jewelry) and Vintage Collection. Located next to the Handcrafted and Gift & Collectibles sections on the show floor, the Made In America section will showcase a wide range of products, including tableware, jewelry/fashion accessories, folk art, pottery, candles, furniture, garden décor, textiles, gourmet foods, stationery, personal accessories and much more.

According to Federal Trade Commission regulations, a product has to be "all or virtually all" produced in the United States to use the "Made in America" qualification on its packaging or advertising. To qualify for the Seattle Gift Show Made In America section, products must be constructed in the US from a minimum 70 percent or more domestically produced materials.

In addition to the expanded selection, Urban Expositions will also feature a special seminar during the show sharing ideas and marketing strategies to help retailers build, merchandise, market and sell a strong selection of Made in America products.

Companies interested in exhibiting in the new Made in America section should contact Lisa Glosson, show director, at 800/318-2238, ext. 0334 or 678/370-0334, e: lglosson@urban-expo.com. Retailers interested in attending the Seattle Gift Show can visit the show website seattlegiftshow.com to pre-register or contact Buyer Relations Directors Briana Mackey -800/318-2238, ext. 4573, 678/370-4773, e: bmackey@urban-expo.com or Jhana Jordan -/800/318-2238, ext. 0233 , 678/370-0233 or jjordan@urban-expo.com.