METALCON International, held Oct. 1-3, drew nearly 7,000 high-level metal construction professionals from more than 50 different countries to the Baltimore Convention Center.
- METALCON International, held Oct. 1-3, drew nearly 7,000
high-level metal construction professionals from more than 50 different
countries to the Baltimore
Convention Center. The
event is the only annual conference and exhibition that features the latest
products, education programs and demonstrations of field techniques for the use
of metal in construction. Industry experts from 350 companies shared their
knowledge with the crowds of attendees.
“This was a great show with more qualified leads than ever
before,” said Patric Wright of Denver-based New Tech Machinery, Corp., which
introduced its SSQ MultiPro, a quick-change commercial roof panel machine, at
the show. “The people who came were here to purchase equipment. From the
companies they saw here they made comparisons and then made their decisions. We
sold all that we brought and generated sales beyond that.”
Gearoid Hogan, vice president of Sales and Marketing
Northeast for COMBILIFT USA,
agreed. “This was a fantastic show with a lot of well qualified attendees,” he
said. “It’s our fourth year in METALCON and we put this event in the top three
of the 20 shows we exhibit in each year. COMBILIFT is a multi-directional
forklift and it’s great to see the contractors’ and suppliers’ eyes light up
when they realize how much easier it makes handling products at a warehouse or
This was the first time the show was held in Baltimore. “From our first
show in 1991 in Washington,
D.C., METALCON has consistently
proven its value to the construction industry,” said Claire Kilcoyne, Show
Director for METALCON. “We’ve been successful through some difficult times,
including hurricanes, the 2001 terrorist attacks and this year’s financial
crisis. It shows the strength of our industry, which also reflects the strength
of the metal products produced by METALCON exhibitors. We’re a strong, steadily
growing industry because of the innovative products and applications of the
companies who support this major event. With over 82 percent of booth space
rebooked for next year, METALCON has maintained one of the highest levels in
the trade show industry of companies returning each year. Plus we have an
average 15 percent increase in new companies joining us each year. It also
shows how important trade shows continue to be in building business
New additions at the year’s event included the Gutter
Pavilion, where traffic was steady, and the New Product
Harbor, which grouped the
most recent developments in technology and new products launches in one area.
Other show highlights included the dedication of a new steel
home to U.S. Army Sgt. David Battle and his family at an opening day ceremony
led by Capt. Darren Turner, Chaplain of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry
Regiment out of Fort Stewart,
Ga., in which David has served.
Capt. Turner also presented Sgt. Battle with a Bronze Star and announced that
he had been promoted from U.S. Army Specialist to Sergeant.
leaving METALCON with a special gift was Ryan Rantucci from Thermo Design
Insulation, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
He won a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle in a grand-prize drawing held at
The 19th annual METALCON will take place at the Tampa (Florida)
Convention Center October 6-8, 2009. For more details or information about
exhibiting in the 2009 event, call 800-537-7765 or visitwww.metalcon.com.
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