Thursday, June 18th, 2009

"My Booth is a Palace" — Another NPE Report from Expo Gene!

Good morning once again from Chicago!

The move-in for NPE2009 has definitely reached a new level of momentum. In addition to the larger booths, Freeman (our fantastic general contractor for the show) was able to pepper the place with some 8’ drape and side-rail (yes, people still do use this stuff) for the inline booths. I must say it is a little unusual to see a dozen big rigs barreling towards a freestanding curtain! If I close my eyes, I can almost hear the spotters yelling “Olé!” as the trucks rush by.  All we need now is for a rigger to dive out from behind a 10 x 10 and stop a truck dead in its tracks with an oversized torque wrench!

The halls are really getting packed with exhibitors. I think I heard “Wow” in about six languages today! In addition to the equipment, there must be 6.26 million crates (probably more, but I lost count) surrounding the booths. They look like wooden soldiers guarding a castle. One exhibitor told me, “My booth is a palace, baby!” 

Outside of the halls, the NPE 2009 Bookstore, the SPI Pavilion and our other feature attractions are almost complete. Today I saw the Technology Theater, as well as the Emerging Technologies, Fluoropolymer, Thermoforming, Compressed Air, North American Moldmakers and TPE Elastomer Pavilions come to life in the West Hall.  

I’m wearing a pedometer (one has been given to every SPI staff member at NPE) and it indicates that I have logged more than 21 miles during my four days in Chicago. As I travel the halls, I am excited that so many exhibitors want me to capture photos of their booths and equipment and post them online here for the world to see. So I will continue to document this historic event, and update you all on my experiences. Please follow along!  

Reporting live from the scene, I’m Expo Gene!


One Response to “"My Booth is a Palace" — Another NPE Report from Expo Gene!”

  1. Thanks for this information