Hanley Wood’s International Roofing Expo Sees 3 Percent Attendance Uptick
The International Roofing Expo recently saw a 3-percent increase in attendees to 8,382 when it ran Feb. 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
This year’s increase was the second one in a row for the show, which is owned by Hanley Wood Exhibitions and had an 18-percent increase for its 2011 event.
“We are very pleased that the show generated an increase in attendance for the second consecutive year,” said Lindsay Roberts, director of the International Roofing Expo.
She added, "The state-of-the-art products, the cutting-edge conference program, the show floor demonstrations and clinics, along with the strong partnership with NRCA, resulted in an all-around compelling event.”
In attendance were representatives from several market-leading roofing and construction companies, including CentiMark, Tecta America, Home Depot, KPost, PetersenDean, Nations Roof, Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal, Douglass Colony Group, Advanced Roofing, Kehrer Brothers Roofing, D. C. Taylor, Commercial Roofers, Crowther Roofing & Sheet Metal, United States Roofing, Silktown Roofing and Target Corp.
Participants came from all segments of the roofing industry, including commercial and residential contractors, builders, remodelers, building owners, facility managers, manufacturers, architects, engineers and other ancillary industry professionals.
Attendees also represented all 50 states, with the largest number from Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, North Carolina, Michigan, California, New Jersey, Missouri, Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota and Colorado.
The largest number of international attendees came from Canada, Mexico, Germany, Korea, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Japan and Brazil.
“This year’s IRE was the best I have been to yet. I received a wealth of knowledge and made valuable contacts that will pay dividends for us this year,” said Dan Cupit of Professional Roofing and Exteriors.
He added, “I was happy to see a good mix of new and established exhibitors. I was able to find new suppliers, service providers and sources of information that will provide a direct benefit to our business.”
The showfloor also saw increases, with 932 booths, a 6-percent increase, compared with 2011, and 415 exhibiting companies, a 5-percent increase, compared with 2011.
Of the 415 exhibiting companies, 99 were first-time exhibitors or exhibitors who haven’t exhibited in several years, according to show officials.
“This was FlashCo’s first year to exhibit at the IRE and I was absolutely blown away by the overwhelming positive response,” said Greg Morrow, President, FlashCo Manufacturing Inc.
He added, “The number of attendees that were decision-makers exceeded my expectations. This was the best trade show FlashCo ever did.”
Next year’s International Roofing Expo will be held Feb. 5-7 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.