By Bob Lebeaux, President, The Plastics Group of America
January 27, 2010
While this commentary might be a bit late in coming, we really can’t see any downside to NPE moving to Orlando for its next 2 shows (unless your brother-in-law is a teamster in Chicago). Anyone who has displayed at recent shows in Chicago has realized what a pain booth setup and takedown there had become to deal with. Rather than making a challenging experience easier, their extra charges and strict regulations had the opposite effect. And anyone who has attended is equally familiar with the high cost of visiting the show and entertaining a client in the Windy City. We think that Orlando will work hard to retain the business and will offer a far more cooperative and cost-effective venue. Competition breeds quality – if Chicago wants the NPE show back, a lot has to change.