GlassBuild wraps up with good attendance, happy exhibitors
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GlassBuild America concluded at the Las Vegas Convention Center Oct. 8. Show management reported its verified visitor figure for Las Vegas as 8,019 and total registration figure as 9,292.
For next year’s show in Atlanta [Sept. 30-Oct. 2], 168 companies signed up while in Las Vegas for 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.
In spite of the crumbling economy and contrary to popular belief, the show was a success for many exhibitors.
“We have been overwhelmed at this show,” said Gary Dean, CEO, Bohle America Inc., Charlotte, N.C. “We ran out of catalogues, bought a printer to print more literature, then ran out of ink. So we spent two hours uploading PDFs on USB sticks to give away. Now [midday Oct. 8] we’ve run out of everything--literature, give-aways—and we still have a crowded booth.”
The company launched its American office at the show. “We’ve taken 25 orders,” Dean said. “We weren’t prepared for it, but [the customers] insisted, and we’ve gotten about 300 good leads.”
All the exhibitors at the show were concerned about turnout this year given the down economy, said Mike Hovan, president, Edgetech IG, Cambridge, Ohio. “However, the show has surpassed 150 percent of my expectation. Attendance has been great and all of us in the booth have been swamped from the moment the show opens to the moment the show closes."
Ameri-Can Machinery, Mississauga, Ontario, also had a positive GlassBuild. “We’ve sold two machines already [on Oct. 7 morning],” said Yolanda Sangiuliano, vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s a very good show and we’re quite happy.”
Emmegi USA Inc., East Rutherford, N.J., had a similar experience. “We’ve sold seven machines [on morning of Oct. 7], and we exceeded our sales goal a couple of months ago,” said Jason Miller, service manager.
“This is the biggest traffic we’ve ever had,” said a representative at the Truseal Technologies booth. Ric Jackson, director of marketing and international development, Truseal, Solon, Ohio, agreed: “Excellent attendance and great traffic by the booth. We're very happy with the quality of attendees."
Said Kimberly Davis, sales and marketing coordinator, Glaston North America Inc., Greensboro, N.C.: "In spite of the economic conditions, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of attendees. Wise business managers understand the economic challenges and are using this time to enter into strategic business relationships."
ETS Rubber Products, Moody, Ala., got about 50 leads, a representative said, and Quaker Windows & Doors, Freeburg, Mo., had between 50 and 60 leads said Jimmy Maasen, marketing & sales. A representative from Select Hinges, Portage, Mich, reported that sales were up 25 percent this year.