ATLANTA, GA — ISH North America is rapidly becoming the “anchor” for a variety of industry-related events. ISH NA is hosted by Messe Frankfurt, Inc., in cooperation with the American Supply Association (ASA), the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH), and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association (PHCC).

In addition to the events outlined below, the show producers and sponsors are in discussions with several other associations and industry groups on additional programs to be added. During the days leading up to ISH NA’s debut and throughout its three-day run, sponsors and supporters of the show will host events geared to their respective member interests. At the same time, they plan to take advantage of the added benefit of the association with the most comprehensive and diverse trade show of its type in North America. According to Messe Frankfurt, the ISH NA expo floor space total now has nearly 300 confirmed exhibitors. These exhibitors include manufacturers of HVAC, kitchen and bath, plumbing, piping, and energy management products.

During the time period Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2002, ISH NA will host exhibitors from throughout North America and around the world. So far, international pavilions are being developed on behalf of trade groups in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Germany. The same international flavor will be reflected in the audience drawn to the show from around the globe, due to the global marketing efforts of the organizers. Messe Frankfurt maintains 13 subsidiaries and 54 sales representative offices covering 106 countries. ISH NA is expected to draw 500 exhibitors and approximately 20,000 attendees.

Industry events currently scheduled in conjunction with ISH NA 2002 include:

  • ASA Annual Convention, “Supply Chain Summit” — The American Supply Association’s annual meeting will see a new approach to providing value to its participants, with a theme focusing on improving the efficiency of the supply chain. The historic Royal York Hotel will be the headquarters for the ASA event. For more information, call 312-464-0090; (e-mail).

  • CIPH Habitat for Humanity Canada Gala Fundraiser — Since 1994, this annual event hosted by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating has raised a total of $ 1.5 million in cash and products to benefit Habitat for Humanity Canada. Over 400 industry CEOs will be entertained by world-renowned performers during the gala dinner, which will be held on Oct. 30. For more information, call 416-695-0447; (e-mail).

  • PHCC’s Annual Convention, “Passport to Profitability” — PHCC will hold its 120th annual meeting in conjunction with ISH NA, claiming the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel as its headquarters. A comprehensive program including the annual business meeting and many networking events will be offered. For more information, call 800-533-7694; (e-mail).

  • AIM/R Principal Appreciation Reception —Each year the Association of Independent Manufacturers Representatives hosts a reception honoring the manufacturer principals with whom the association’s members do business and present the prestigious Golden Eagle Award. More than 400 manufacturer executives and independent manufacturer representatives are expected to attend. This year’s reception will be held Oct. 31 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 312-240-1104; (e-mail).

  • Radiant Panel Association Semi-Annual Conference — Members of the Radiant Panel Association (RPA) will convene in Toronto in conjunction with ISH NA. RPA expects more than 200 of its members for the occasion, which will feature several seminars. RPA’s Board will also host a meeting at the same time. For more information, call 970-613-0100; (e-mail).

  • MCAA’s PCA First Annual Meeting — The Plumbing Contractors Association of the Mechanical Contrators Association of America has chosen ISH NA as “their show,” and will hold their first official meeting in tandem with their attendance of the exhibition. Details of the program are being developed and will be promoted to PCA members shortly. For more information, call 301-869-5800; (e-mail).

  • PVF Roundtable General Assembly — The prestigious PVF Roundtable, a group of industrial pipe, valves, and fittings distributors, manufacturers, and end users, will convene at the Royal York Hotel on Oct. 31 after the first day of ISH NA. The annual General Assembly Meeting is expected to draw 100 participants and will be cosponsored by several industry leaders. For more information, call 713-674-0508; (e-mail).

    For more show information on ISH NA, contact Dirk Ebener, Messe Frankfurt, Inc., 770-984-8016; 770-984-8023 (fax); (e-mail); (website).

    Publication date: 06/24/2002