Remodeling Show Looks to Rebound
Meetings & Events
|Last year, the Remodeling Show was co-located for the first time with the DeckExpo.|
Co-locating last year with DeckExpo, the Remodeling Show returns to Baltimore this year with another new partner, the inaugural Plumbing & Hyponics Expo. The annual event, scheduled for September 14-17, also features an expanded conference and education program this year, including lead RRP and training and new sessions targeted at specialty contractors.
Last year's Remodeling Show, held in Indianapolis, felt the impact of the residential remodeling market downturn of recent years. The 2009 event featured 263 exhibitors and total attendance just over 5,000, down from past highs of 10,000 attendees. The final numbers were “in line with the domestic residential construction activity,” says Amy Allen, director of the Remodeling Show and DeckExpo. Attending companies–for the majority–sent the most key individuals instead of the entire staff like in past years, she also notes.
One trend evident at recent Remodeling Shows has been the diminishing presence of window and door manufacturers. Many of the big brand name producers will be at the event again, but many of the vinyl replacement window companies that once hosted large displays at this event are not scheduled to return. The list of industry exhibitors, shown below, includes Andersen, Lincoln, Marvin, Nana Wall, Owens Corning, Pella, Ply Gem, Therma Tru, Thermal Industries, and Maryland-based Vytex Windows.
|Vytex Windows will be one of a relatively small contingent of window manufacturers exhibiting at the Remodeling Show this year.|
As usual, the Remodeling Show will provide a variety of educational opportunities for attendees. In addition to sessions devoted to enhancing sales, marketing, HR, and other aspects of a remodeling business, this year's program features a variety of sustainable remodeling courses, including one devoted to the use of lighting and daylighting led by Doug Walter, a Colorado architect. Also on the program are full-day courses enabling attendees to become EPA-recognized lead-certified renovators.
A number of exhibitors will be offering clinics and demonstrations on the show floor, including Azek, Andersen and Therma Tru. Sherwin Williiams is hosting a Lead RRP "store on the floor" focusing on jobsite supplies that can help contractors meet new Environmental Protection Agency rules. Also new on the floor will be a Home Performance Pavilion, designed to offer education on the latest legislation, financing and certification related to energy retrofits, as well as information on home performance-related products.
As usual, the trade exhibition will be accompanies by a full educational conference, featuring more than 50 sessions. New this year is a specialty contractor track with sessions focusing on such topics as lead generation, creating an online presence, events marketing and increasing closing rates. The conference begins Sunday, September 12. The trade show runs from Wednesday, September 15, to Friday, September 17.
Set for the Baltimore Convention Center, the Remodeling Show is organized by Hanley Wood Exhibitions and sponsored by NAHB Remodelers and Remodeling Magazine. A complete schedule, as well as an updated list of exhibitors and more information about the event, is available at www.theremodelingshow.com.
Exhibitors of windows, doors and related products scheduled to be in Baltimore
(as of June 17, 2010)
- Andersen Corp.
- Apex Urethane Millwork
- Azek Building Products Inc.
- Clark Hall Iron Doors Inc.
- Gossen Corp.
- Henkel Corp.
- Hy-Lite/U.S. Block Windows
- Lincoln Windows
- Marvin Windows & Doors
- Nana Wall Systems
- Owens Corning
- Park Avenue Window Systems
- Ply Gem
- Royal Mouldings Ltd.
- Sunspace Sunrooms, Weather Master Window Systems
- Therma-Tru Doors
- Vytex Windows
- Window & Door Dealer Alliance
- Window & Door