LAS VEGAS — Last January the International Builder's Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show announced plans to merge in a three-year trial marriage. It was a necessary move. IBS, which formerly drew over 100,000 builders before the recession hit, was a shadow of its former self, and the last couple KBIS shows were moribund. The early February show this year, in contrast, was an enormous success. At times one could barely walk through the jam-packed aisles. This is a ...

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