TORONTO -- ISH-North America is being heralded as one of the largest shows of its kind by show producer Messe Frankfurt.

The theme of the inaugural show is "Forging a New Era of Products, Productivity and Profits." From October 31 to November 2, approximately 20,000 attendees are expected to fill Toronto's National Trade Center. The show offers business and educational opportunities to anyone involved in plumbing, kitchen and bath, PVF, and hvac industries. Approximately 400 exhibitors from 13 countries have signed on for the event.

Messe Frankfurt is working in conjunction with the American Supply Association, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors' National Association and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating to make ISH a success in North America. ASA and PHCC will hold their annual conventions in Toronto starting just before the ISH show, making the event an "all-in-one" package for attendees. ASA's "Supply Chain Summit" and PHCC's "Passport to Profitability" will meet off-site in association with the show. Additional events include CIPH's Habitat for Humanity Canada Gala Fundraiser, Radiant Panel Association's Semi-Annual Conference, and AIM/R's Principal Appreciation Reception.

ISH-NA has recruited 30 speakers to present more than 50 seminars and panel discussions. Topics will include business management, product design and motivational methods. Special keynote speaker Rich Trethewey from the Public Broadcasting Service television show "This Old House" will present "Future Insights: Where is Our Industry Heading?" on November 1. Seminars will be held from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For online seminar registration, visit

A lot to offer

Messe Frankfurt officials say ISH-NA will have a lot to offer contractors, builders, wholesalers, distributors, engineers, architects, designers, and building/plant managers, including:

  • Networking opportunities with top contractors, consultants, and manufacturer representatives

  • Educational tips and insights from industry experts

  • Exposure to new products and innovations on the exhibition floor

Business and prospecting opportunities.

ISH-NA show officials have chosen to debut at Toronto's National Trade Centre, the largest trade center in Canada and the sixth-largest in North America. This $180 million structure is Toronto's most popular trade show venue, boasting 24 meeting rooms and 10 exhibit halls. ISH-NA will occupy more than 350,000-square-feet of the 1-million-square-foot facility. Centrally located in downtown Toronto, the Trade Centre is within convenient walking distance of a number of hotels and attractions.

ISH-NA attendees also gain admission to the 2002 LonWorld Tradeshow and Conference. Echelon Corporation has joined with Messe Frankfurt for LonWorks Control Network's annual building, home, and industrial automation conference. LonWorks is a leading home automation company, connecting devices such as appliances, thermostats, hvac and hydronics, electric meters, lighting, and security systems to each other and to the Internet. LonWorld will offer a number of seminars in energy savings, new technologies, and sales tips.

To register for ISH-NA, visit or call Messe Frankfurt at (866) 984-8016.

Show to feature hvac industry experts

Among the speakers scheduled for ISH-NA:

  • Ruth King is manager of the HVAC Channel, a television program broadcast over the Internet for hvac contractors. She is also president of American Contractors Exchange Inc. King has worked in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning industry since 1987, helping residential and commercial contractors with sales and marketing, finance, technical training, and operations challenges. King's seminar is called "Hvacr Business and Marketing Management for Contractors."

  • Frank Blau has been called the father of flat rate pricing. Blau has more than 40 years of proven success running a plumbing-heating-cooling service business. His company, Blau Plumbing-Heating-Cooling, is one of Milwaukee's largest service firms. Blau's "Business of Contracting" seminars have been attended by thousands of PHC service contractors and have helped many of them achieve success they never dreamed possible.

Paul Pollets is the founder of Advanced Radiant Technology, an award-winning design-build mechanical contractor specializing in radiant floor heating, German boiler technology, and specialty air ventilation and filtration. His award-winning projects have been featured in trade publications such as Plumbing & Mechanical and Reeves Journal. Pollets is a consultant to several major hydronic manufacturers. He will speak on "European Heating Technologies: Focusing on Advanced Hydronic Systems."

For more information on ISH-NA speakers and seminars, call (866) 984-8016 or see on the Internet.