Remodeling Show Betting on Vegas

September 1, 2007
Strategies & Practices

Window manufacturers traditionally have a strong presence on the Remodeling Show floor, although last year, many were focusing more attention on door products.Betting on the popularity of Las Vegas, the Remodeling Show heads West this year for the first time in its history. Previously alternating between East Coast and Midwest locations, this year’s exhibition and conference will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center October 10-12.

The show comes on the heels of a record-breaking event last year in Chicago. Attendance at that show topped 10,000 for the first time, reports organizer Hanley Wood Exhibitions.

More than 350 companies have signed up to exhibit in Las Vegas this year. Once again, the list features many of the largest window and door manufacturers, including Andersen, CMI, Marvin, Masonite and Pella. Manufacturers of sunrooms and patio enclosures are prominent.
Some traditional Remodeling Show exhibitors—including a number of replacement window manufacturers more focused on Midwestern or East Coast customers—have decided not to make the trip West, however. In their place, the event is picking up some West Coast companies, such as International Window Corp.

In addition to record attendance, last year’s show was marked by an increased emphasis on entry doors. Manufacturers like Therma-Tru and Jeld-Wen were promoting numerous new design options, and pointing to growing consumer demand for door choices that can personalize a home. The Chicago show saw Milgard showcasing its new entry door line, as well as the launch of Neuma Doors, a sister company of Plastpro focusing on complete door systems, not just slabs.
Window manufacturers traditionally have a strong presence on the Remodeling Show floor, although last year, many were focusing more attention on door products.
The list of exhibitors this year covers many more product categories, and once again Hanley-Wood is making an extra effort to boost kitchen and bath related activity at the event. In 2006, the organizer launched a special showcase section devoted to kitchen and bath remodeling, which will be part of the 2007 event also.

Sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and the NAHB Remodelers Council, the Remodeling Show features a full educational conference in addition to the trade show. Educational opportunities include a number of special clinics on the floor. Andersen Windows is presenting a session on replacement windows, covering the details of both insert and full-frame products and determining when it makes sense to use one or the other. Other industry topics to be covered include customizing an entry door surround, which will be presented by Azek Building Products. 

Special hour-long business sessions targeting remodeling and specialty dealers’ needs are also on the agenda. Topics include profitability, qualifying leads, understanding costs, time tracking of staff and avoiding the difficult job.
The full Remodeling Show conference kicks off October 9. The exhibition itself runs from October 10-12, with the exhibit hall open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

For more information about some of the products and equipment to be showcased in Las Vegas, see the feature on page 99 highlighting exhibitor offerings at both the Remodeling Show and Association of Millwork Distributors Exhibition this fall. For more information about the Remodeling Show, visit www.theremodelingshow.com or contact Hanley Wood at 972/536-6461.