Attendance at Fabtech and Metalcon seemed pretty good to me.

October is one of those months where I spend a lot of time in airports traveling from trade show to trade show -- sometimes without even a stop at home in between.

I  spend much of the last two weeks at Metalcon in Baltimore and Fabtech in Las Vegas. Both were new venues for the metal building and industrial machinery events, and attendees and organizers seemed pretty pleased with the locations.

Despite daily news reports of dropping values on Wall Street, booth traffic at both shows seemed steady. Several exhibitors told me they were happy with their numbers, and some even sold some machinery, which more than recoups the cost of sending it and booth staff.

I do worry that the tightening credit markets will hit sheet metal machinery makers and sellers eventually, but for now, things were upbeat. And that was good to hear.