ISSA/INTERCLEAN USA Sweeps Into Chicago
ISSA/INTERCLEAN® USA 2006, held in Chicago from October 4-7, kicked off with its strongest start ever with nearly 10,000 unique visitors on the trade show’s first day.
The event attracted 16,637 participants and featured 683 exhibitors, 5,412 distributor personnel and 2,824 building service contractors and in-house service providers.
Despite these numbers and the strong start, there was a drop-off of attendees heading into the weekend due to the show’s atypical Wednesday-through-Saturday schedule.
“While we achieved our highest-ever first-day attendance and the seminars were bursting at the seams the previous day, more attendees left earlier than usual due to the event’s unusual Saturday closing,” says John Garfinkel, ISSA executive director. “This caused Friday afternoon and Saturday to be slower than normal for the final days of the convention, and tempered what was shaping up to be an otherwise excellent event.”
Arguably the convention’s biggest highlight came from keynote speaker, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who broke room capacity records at his Thursday presentation.
Before the show floor opened, BSCs, ISPs and distributors received business tips from educational sessions and seminars sponsored by Contracting Profits magazine. Once the show began, the information kept flowing at the new ISSA Education Theatre on the show floor.
The All-Industry Networking Lunch drew 500 participants from all along the supply chain to share ideas. Another great networking opportunity, The Fifth Annual ISSA Women’s Forum drew more than 100 attendees.
Back again this year was the ISSA Happy Hour that featured a concert by the Blues Brothers. Also returning was the ISSA Innovation Revue with Chicago gangster-themed performances. Awards were given out in five categories for the most innovative products. More than three times as many voters as last year picked products from The Dial Corp., Georgia-Pacific N.A., Windsor Industries, Rubbermaid Commercial Products Inc., and Easy Dump Products Inc., as winners.
ISSA also awarded companies for their achievements in customer service. Winners included Cyclone Environmental Technologies LLC, Royce Rolls Ringer Co., Rubbermaid Commercial Products Inc., Sanitor Manufacturing Co., Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., and Tennant Co.
Next year ISSA/INTERCLEAN USA changes its name to ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America to reflect the show’s regional scope.
It will be held in Orlando from Oct. 23-26, 2007.
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