For(u)m Subcontractor Expo Returns to enhance local supply chain

 
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The 2018 LFA For(u)m Subcontractor provided a unique space for firm handshakes, thoughtful development conversations, and diverse displays of high-quality craftsmanship. 

Launched in 2016, the LFA For(u)m program works to support sustainable and thoughtful development through the use of infill, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and redevelopment practices. Another key goal is to promote an open conversation. Stakeholders such as residents, city government, and local businesses become part of the conversation when new projects launch, which then promotes thoughtful development. 

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This year, the For(u)m Subcontractor Expo had a very special host. Expo participants were housed in the beautiful and revolutionary Western Window Systems' office and manufacturing facility. Western Window Systems, a vendor that participated in the Subcontractor Expo last year, saw value, and expanded its role as host of this year's expo.

In brief, the expo showcased the strong role that collaboration among development partners and local subcontractors can play in closing the development loop. The event sparked critical conversation among building industry leaders in how to connect the dots for a more localized supply chain.

As Arizona continues to grow, these conversations are vital in ensuring more strategic and sustainable development decisions. 

Vendor booths were spread around the first floor office of the innovative Western Window System facility, and conversations were plentiful. Amber Elliot, a Summit West Signs representative, tabled at the Subcontractor Expo and expressed thoughts on the fruitful benefits the For(u)m program offers. 

As new members, we purposely joined [For(u)m] to expand our exposure in a new environment. Local First Arizona’s For(u)m program provides top notch products to clients looking for something above the norm, this is all done while keeping local Arizona companies on the forefront of those awesome opportunities.
— Amber Elliot, Summit West Signs
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The charismatic Dean Seger, Vice President of Manufacturing at Western Window Systems brought the even to a close with a tour of the facility. Expo participants were given the opportunity to get the full Western Window Systems experience and gain knowledge of the entire window manufacturing process along with the people-first office environment. 

Expo participants smiled and laughed with excitement as Seger showed them the last stop on the tour: a bright red tw0-story corkscrew slide which they would all soon get to experience.

The event was made possible with the support of Western Window Systems in partnership with Courtesy Chevrolet Fleet.  More information and updates on future For(u)m events, along with program membership details can be found here. The next Expo is scheduled for August.

Are you interested in the unique opportunities offered by the For(u)m program? Contact Connor Descheemaker, the Community and Planning Coordinator, at [email protected] or (602)956-0909x1