Organizers report three records shattered before the show opens
Three records have been broken in the history of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating (AHR) Expo for its 2015 show, the organizers reported – and doors do not open until Jan. 26.
As of the first week in January, more than 2,100 exhibiting companies have signed up to occupy more than 480,000 sq ft of exhibit space – both new records for the 67th event. According to the organizers, the 2015 AHR Expo will be at least 10% larger than the previous show and feature 8% more exhibitors than last year’s event in New York City. Included in this number of companies will be 380 that have never exhibited in the show before.
Another new record is the number of international exhibitors showcasing their products and solutions. This year, 592 international companies from more than 30 countries will be exhibiting in Chicago, representing a 16% increase over the previous record.
“Chicago is always where our largest shows take place,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Co., which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “But we are thrilled at just how much bigger the 2015 show will be.” Stevens added that the six largest shows, and five of the six best attended, have all taken place in Chicago.
These numbers also bode well for a strong visitor attendance. Stevens said pre-registration is currently running ahead of the last Chicago show in 2012, which was the attendance record at that time.
In recognition of AHR Expo’s impact to the greater Chicago area, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared Jan. 26 to 28 “Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating Week in Chicago." The proclamation cites AHR Expo’s contribution to educating the industry, “improving our greater society” and making donations to local charitable organizations.