Press Releases

October 9, 2013
iHobby Expo attracts over 20,000 consumers in return to Chicago area
iHobby Expo, the nation’s largest trade and consumer show for the model hobby industry, returned to the Chicago area on October 3-6, 2013. On the consumer days of Saturday and Sunday 20,124 people packed the exhibition facility. This was the second largest consumer turnout in the show’s twenty-nine year history. It also represents a 50% increase in consumer attendance compared to the 2012 show held in Cleveland, Ohio.  Click here to continue reading…. 
July 31, 2013
HMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS OFFICERS
FOR 2013-14 MEMBERSHIP YEAR
The Hobby Manufacturers Board of Directors elected its officers for the 2013-14 membership year at their July board meeting. Elected to serve as 2013-14 President is Mark Schwing, President of Electronic Model Systems, Yorba Linda, CA. Schwing will serve as the first president elected from the Radio Control Division Council of HMA. Elected to the position of Vice President is Don Banes of Stevens International. Re-elected to the position of Treasurer is Rich Janyszek, Vice President of Sales for Bachmann Trains, Philadelphia, PA.  Click here to continue reading…. 
April 26, 2011
2010 ESTIMATED SIZE OF U.S. HOBBY INDUSTRY
IS $1.47 BILLION
The Hobby Manufacturers Association Board of Directors has just released the findings of its 2nd Size of the U.S. Model Hobby Industry Study which was conducted in the fall of 2009 and shows actual sales for 2009 and estimated sales for 2010.  Click here to continue reading…. 
April 4, 2011
HOBBY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION AND TOY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the Hobby Manufacturers Association (HMA) announced today a one-year cooperative agreement that will provide members in each industry with opportunities to explore and grow their businesses through expansion into complementary markets. Click here for more….
July 23, 2010
HMA MODEL RAILROAD INDUSTRY DIVISION COUNCIL ELECTS 2010-11 OFFICERS
The Model Railroad Industry Division Council of the Hobby Manufacturers Association elected its 2010-11 officers during the 75th National Train
Show in Milwaukee, WI on July 17, 2010.
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July 23, 2010
HMA MODEL RAILROAD INDUSTRY DIVISION COUNCIL HONORS 2010 RECIPIENTS OF HALL OF FAME AND BOBBYE HALL AWARDS
Allen Pollock (Fun & Games II) and Gary Kamin (Wm. K. Walthers),
Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee of the HMA Model Railroad Industry Division Council, presented 2010 recipients of the Hall of Fame and Bobbye Hall awards with their recognition plaques at the division’s membership meeting during the 75th National Train Show in Milwaukee, WI on July 18, 2010.
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October 22-25, 2009
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
25TH ANNIVERSARY iHOBBY EXPO™ WAS A SPECTACULAR SUCCESS! Despite a very challenging economy and significant softening in the retail sector, the 25th Anniversary edition of iHobby Expo™ broke the all-time record for consumer attendance during the weekend of October 24 and 25.
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August 2009 – “HMA GENERAL HOBBY DIVISION RELEASES NEW SURVEY DATA ON The Value of General Hobby Products in Hobby Retail Stores”
The General Hobby Division of the Hobby Manufacturers Association
embarked on a research survey in March to assess the value proposition from sales of general hobby products in hobby retail stores. “A wide array of products are available for dealers to carry in their shops and General Hobby products provide high margin returns to the store owners,” stated Ed Rogala (Midwest Products), HMA General Hobby
Division Vice-President and developer of the project. “General hobby products, as well, often lead customers to buy staple items in the radio control, model trains, and plastics/die cast categories, so we wanted to provide industry dealers with data to help them take advantage of these high-margin products,” added Rogala.
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November 2008 – Affordable Health Insurance Brings More Value Added Benefits to HMA Members
HMA is proud to re-introduce a partnership with Association Health Programs (HMA/AHP) for its members to help reduce the rising cost of health insurance. The benefits are nationwide and the programs include health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, cancer coverage, accident insurance, disability income, critical illness, dental insurance, vision, and more!
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October 27, 2008 – 24th ANNUAL iHOBBY EXPO™ – ANOTHER GREAT SHOW!
The 24th Annual iHobby Expo, held October 16-19, 2008 in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, built upon the successes of the 2006 and 2007 Expos and offered exhibitors, trade attendees, and hobby consumers a dynamic show floor with events and new products not to be found at any other hobby trade and public event in the world.
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September 17, 2008 – HMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 2008-09
The Hobby Manufacturers Board of Directors elected its officers for the 2008-09 membership year at their September board meeting. Re-elected to serve his second term as President is Frank Ritota, President of Model Rectifier Corporation.
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September 16, 2008 – ACTOR MICHAEL GROSS TO APPEAR AT THE 24TH ANNUAL  iHobby Expo

The Hobby Manufacturers Association Show Committee is pleased to announce that Actor Michael Gross, best known for his portrayal of the father Steven Keaton on NBC’s award-winning Family Ties, will appear at the 24th Annual iHobby Expo™ on October 16 through October 18. Michael will join HMA and industry members at the Welcome Party on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30pm and will appear at the Expo during the trade day on Friday, October 17 and will sign autographs during the consumer day on October 18.

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September 15, 2008 – PLASTICS AND DIE CAST DIVISION ELECTS 2008 COUNCIL AND OFFICERS

The Plastics & Die Cast Division of the Hobby Manufactures Association elected the following members to serve on their council for 2008-09 each serving a two year term

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August 7, 2008 – HMA RADIO CONTROL DIVISION ELECTS NEW COUNCIL OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

The Radio Control Division of the Hobby Manufacturers Association elected one new member and re-elected two members to their council. Joining the R/C Division Council for a three year term is Ralph Warner of RAM Models. Re-elected to a second three year term is Marc Jensen of Byron Originals and Mark Schwing was elected once again to a first three year term on the council after a one year hiatus off the council. Schwing was also elected President of the Council.

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July 30, 2008 – HMA GENERAL HOBBY DIVISION ELECTS TWO NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS AND OFFICERS FOR 2008-09

The General Hobby Division of the Hobby Manufacturers Association elected two new council members in July and also elected its new Council officers for 2008-09.

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July 25, 2008 – HMA MODEL RAILROAD INDUSTRY DIVISION COUNCIL PRESENTS HALL OF FAME AWARDS TO 2008 RECIPIENTS AND NEW BOBBYE HALL AWARDS

Allen Pollock (Fun & Games II), Co-Chair of the Awards Committee of the HMA Model Railroad Division Council, presented 2008 recipients with their awards at the division’s membership meeting during the National Train Show in Anaheim, CA on July 19, 2008.

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July 25, 2008 – HMA MODEL RAILROAD INDUSTRY DIVISION COUNCIL ELECTS 2008-09 OFFICERS

The Model Railroad Industry Division Council of the Hobby Manufacturers Association elected its 2008-09 officers during the National Train Show in Anaheim, CA on July 19, 2008.

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July 25, 2008 – iHobby Expo™…BIGGER…BETTER THAN EVER! Floor Space Sold Out
Introducing the Hobby University
Get Your Ticket to Ride and Dealer Paks

The 24th Annual iHobby Expo™, October 16-19, 2008 in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL is shaping up to be the biggest and best hobby show in years. Over 269 exhibitors in 685 booths with 64 new first-time companies will be exhibiting in almost 70,000 square feet of space. “Exhibit floor space is sold out again this year and we have a waiting list of companies desiring to enter the show,” said Ed Rogala (Midwest Products), chair of the Hobby Manufacturers Association (HMA) Show Committee. “We’ll fill booth spaces from this waiting list as booths become available,” added Rogala.

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April 28, 2008 – INTRODUCING HOBBY University” EDUCATION FOR HOBBY DEALERS

The Hobby Manufacturers Association Education Committee announces the inauguration of its“Hobby University” – Education for Hobby Dealers to be held at the iHobby Expo. The “Hobby U” series of business seminars will be launched with three sessions at the 2008 Expo, October 16-19 in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.

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April 14, 2008 – 2007 ESTIMATED SIZE OF HOBBY INDUSTRY IS $1.2 BILLION
The Hobby Manufacturers Association Board of Directors has just released the findings of the 2007 Size of the Model Hobby Industry Study which was conducted in the fall of 2007.
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