Greener by Design, CSI-Chicago Show Recap

Accurate Perforating exhibited at the recent Greener by Design Conference and Expo in Elk Grove Village, IL.  The conference and expo are sponsored by the USGBC – Chicago Chapter. The overall first impression is that it was a very good show and a solid success.  This is an association event geared directly to local architects with an array of educational seminars and a well-targeted building products expo. 

The audience was interested, informed, and engaged.  This made for some very active conversations about Accurate Perforating’s product and service offerings to the architectural community including our standard pre-engineered sunshades and custom perforated metals for a variety of applications.  For a local show of its size and the limited invitees, the traffic was good.  The only criticism would be the long lulls in booth traffic while the attendees were engaged in the training sessions.  Otherwise, this was a well-planned and well-executed event.

We are looking forward to continuing the discussions that were started at this event.  Thank you to the USGBC – Chicago Chapter for such a great event.


Glassbuild 2012 Show Recap

The show is over. All the typical post-show activities are underway.  But before we gear up for the next big project it’s time to take a moment to recap this show.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I would have to give the show a 4.  The general consensus from the other exhibitors and a few attendees was that the overall attendance was down.  This surprised me a bit given the location.  Las Vegas is usually a good draw for industrial shows, but not this time.  The late-week rush building into the weekend just never developed.  The show, in general, seemed to be geared toward a more light commercial/residential audience instead of the heavy commercial/industrial audience I was anticipating.  The show was still very focused on glass, but lighter-duty applications seemed to dominate the exhibits.

Although the traffic was light we did enjoy several interesting and productive discussions.  Thank you to all the attendees who visited our booth.  A number of international attendees from Mexico and Central America stopped by the booth with projects on the horizon.  We received some very insightful feedback on the new V-Series vertical sunshades that were revealed at the show. The concept and product were well received and generated a welcome buzz.

We will reserve judgment until our team has time to follow up on the leads generated in more detail, but based on what we have seen so far, we will not be signing up for GlassBuild 2013. Instead, we will pursue other trade shows focused on heavy-duty applications that better fit our products and services.

One of the highlights of the show was the fantastic facilities and logistics.  The Las Vegas Convention Center is a great venue for any trade show.  LVCC is a large well, well-maintained facility with a nice food court area or access to restaurants in the LVH hotel and perfect access to the monorail.  Just a note about the monorail, it made getting to and from our hotel a breeze.  A clean, convenient, and cost-effective mode of transportation was a great addition to the city and the convention center.