A "hard-hitting" show

                   
CHICAGO - 2007 was a pretty good year for Fabtech. The Nov. 11-14 trade show at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention facility drew 31,000 attendees - 4,000 more than the optimistic numbers organizers were predicting.
Total exhibit space was 461,627 square feet - less than the 475,000 square feet expected, but still more than the last Chicago Fabtech in 2005.

“We have already received so much positive feedback about this year’s show from both exhibitors and attendees,” said Jerry Shankel, president and CEO of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, one of the event’s organizers and sponsors. “(Exhibitors) have been telling us how pleased they are with the quantity and quality of attendees who visited their booth.”

The addition of American Welding Society members has boosted attendance and exhibitors. In 2006, the fabricators association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers made the welding group a show sponsor, making its 50,000 members possible attendees.

“We are extremely proud of the continued growth of the combined Fabtech International and AWS Welding Show,” said society Executive Director Ray Shook. “Welding plays a critical role in the manufacturing sector and this show continues to be an important part of the welding industry.”
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CHICAGO - 2007 was a pretty good year for Fabtech. The Nov. 11-14 trade show at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention facility drew 31,000 attendees - 4,000 more than the optimistic numbers organizers were predicting.
Total exhibit space was 461,627 square feet - less than the 475,000 square feet expected, but still more than the last Chicago Fabtech in 2005.

“We have already received so much positive feedback about this year’s show from both exhibitors and attendees,” said Jerry Shankel, president and CEO of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, one of the event’s organizers and sponsors. “(Exhibitors) have been telling us how pleased they are with the quantity and quality of attendees who visited their booth.”

The addition of American Welding Society members has boosted attendance and exhibitors. In 2006, the fabricators association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers made the welding group a show sponsor, making its 50,000 members possible attendees.

“We are extremely proud of the continued growth of the combined Fabtech International and AWS Welding Show,” said society Executive Director Ray Shook. “Welding plays a critical role in the manufacturing sector and this show continues to be an important part of the welding industry.”
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