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WESTPORT, CT  March 27, 2006 - To meet the growing demand for more exhibit space from HVAC/R exhibitors around the world, AHR Expo Show Management has reserved the entire Dallas Convention Center for the 2007 AHR Expo. According to Clay Stevens, President of IEC, Show Producers and Managers, more than 1,200 companies have already reserved the space allocated for the 2007 event with almost a year still remaining until the Show. Consequently, IEC has now expanded the space to 350,000 square feet to accommodate the additional exhibitor demand. The upcoming Expo is on its way to being the biggest Show held in the Southwest for the HVAC/R industry.

The 2007 Show, running January 29th through January 31st, has already exceeded the amount of exhibit space occupied at the last Dallas Show held in 2000. The 2000 Show, also held at the Dallas Convention Center, had a net square footage of 315,021, attracted more than 45,000 HVAC/R professionals (including over 25,000 attendees) and more than 1,000 exhibiting companies.

Texas continues to be one of the largest residential and commercial HVAC/R markets in the United States. Currently Texas is experiencing a residential housing boom due to consumers' buying trends and low long-term interest rates according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. With the nation's third largest concentration of companies that command more than $1 billion in annual sales, Dallas is an especially attractive market for the HVAC/R industry.

According to a recent study by The Freedonia Group, the demand for HVAC equipment is expected to grow to $14.3 billion by 2009. This growth will be driven by the increase in non-residential construction and residential remodelling.

"The Show is off to a strong and impressive start," said Stevens. "This enthusiastic response from previous exhibitors and active interest from new companies supports the fact that AHR Expo is indeed the HVAC/R industry's leading world event."

CatNet Systems The Dallas venue was selected in collaboration with ASHRAE and ARI on the basis of accessibility by exhibitors and attendees, size of the regional, industrial, residential and commercial markets, and concentration of HVAC/R professionals and suppliers.

About AHR Expo
As the largest and most comprehensive exposition in the HVAC/R industry, AHR Expo attracts thousands of attendees from all facets of the industry, including contractors, engineers, dealers, distributors, wholesalers, OEMs, architects and builders, industrial plant operators, facility owners and managers, agents and reps.

Since 1930, the AHR Expo has been the HVAC/R professional's single best resource for new products, new ideas and new services. It's a hands-on, interactive event that showcases a wide spectrum of equipment, systems, and components. This unique industry forum, co-sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), creates a dynamic marketing environment unequaled in size and scope by any other industry event. ASHRAE's winter meeting is held concurrently with AHR Expo.
In addition to the co-sponsors, 25 leading HVAC/R industry associations also endorse the Show. The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor.

The AHR Expo is produced and managed by International Exposition Company, 15 Franklin Street, Westport, CT 06880;  e-mail info@ahrexpo.com; Internet www.ahrexpo.com.

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