LAS VEGAS - Nearly 55,000 people with sore feet and weary eyes ambled through the Las Vegas Convention Center during three days of non-stop activity at the industry’s largest trade show. The Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) and the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) was held in Las Vegas for the first time ever, Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.
Even on the last day of the show, like zombies looking for a meal at a buffet, attendees were drawn to the 1,800-plus exhibitors’ booths displaying the finest in HVACR sustenance.
A typical Wednesday of the three-day expo is usually considered a light day for foot traffic. But, this year, almost no one was complaining. The first two days of the show boasted packed aisles in both the Central and North halls of the convention center.
Christian Sorensen, regional sales manager of Carlyle Compressor Division of Carrier Corp., said, “Even Wednesday was good for us. It gives us time to talk with a lot of the OEM companies who tend to walk the show floor on that day.”
For some people it may have been their first trip to Vegas, but for many industry veterans it probably won’t be their last if early indications are correct.
“I was impressed with the overall jovial atmosphere. There appeared to be a large number of residential folks there, which has to be a good sign for the economy. And the manufacturers I spoke with seemed to be just as pumped about 2011 as I am,” said Greg Crumpton, president of AirTight, a contracting firm in Charlotte, N.C., and regular show attendee.
This post-show issue ofThe NEWSis one of the most widely circulated issues of the year, for obvious reasons: pages and pages of new products that were displayed at the AHR Expo. Many convention attendees suggested that this year’s display of new products was one of the best - certainly more new items than had been displayed at the 2010 Expo.
For complete post-show coverage, see the feature article “New Products Showcased at the 2011 AHR Expo” in this issue. And for more information about this year’s event and to see even more new products, visitachrnews.com/AHR_Expo.