Monday, May 24th, 2010

‘Luck of the PRE-Draw’ for NPE2012

For once—a lottery that is a win-win for everyone! Today, at SPI headquarters in Washington, DC, a special lottery for an exhibit space “pre-draw” was held for NPE exhibitors with a 15 show history or higher.

You may be asking, “what is a pre-draw?” As you most likely know by now, NPE2012 and NPE2015 will be held in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. NPE2012 will be the first NPE show to be held in this venue, and with that comes an exciting new location, new opportunities and a new floor plan full of possibilities! Moving from a facility that has housed NPE since 1971 has also raised many inquiries on booth locations of industry sectors and longtime exhibitors.

The pre-draw process was developed by NPE’s committees and staff to help work through some of these very questions ahead of time—well in advance the traditional Space Draw that will take place this upcoming January 12-14, 2011, in Orlando. Exhibiting companies with a 15 show history or higher (the same companies that would have selected first in the January space draw) were offered the opportunity to participate, and 64 chose to enter the lottery.

This is not an ordinary lottery, however, since it ultimately rewards all participants! Allowing longtime SPI Member exhibitors to select their official spaces this summer will provide guidance to exhibitors on their booth selection during the January 2011 Space Draw. All other exhibitors will have the benefit of knowing—well before the Space Draw—where these longtime exhibitors are setting up their booths. This means better advanced decision-making for exhibitors and a well-organized floor plan for attendees.

Drumroll please! This morning, SPI’s Bill Carteaux, Gene Sanders and Phyllis Hortie were joined by exhibitor witness John Roberts of Gala Industries to pull these pre-draw participants from a lottery. In the coming weeks, these exhibiting companies, in order from 1-64, will work with SPI to select their booth space.  The first 10 companies are:

  • Sumitomo Plastics Machinery and Demag Plastics Group
  • Farrel Corporation
  • Canon Communications
  • SABIC
  • ITW Instron Corporation + Affiliates
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • DuPont
  • Davis-Standard, LLC
  • NFM Welding Engineers
  • Gloucester Engineering Co., Inc.

And with this lottery for pre-draw booth selection, NPE2012 is off to an exciting start in a fresh venue.

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