Press Release - February 2002
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Attendee Numbers Surpass 2001 Show

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Westport, CT. - The turnout for the 2002 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) exceeded the expectations of most, attracting 28,513 visitors from around the world January 14-16 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. With a total of 15,636 exhibitor personnel, overall attendance was 44,149 for the three-day event, the world's largest HVAC&R exposition.

The 2002 visitor total exceeded the numbers from the very successful 2001 Show in Atlanta by more than 1,500. According to show management, this is because the northeast region is one of the largest HVAC&R markets in the U.S. "We knew we were going to have a good turnout for this Show, but because of the challenging economy we did not anticipate these numbers," said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company (IEC), which produces and manages the AHR Expo. "The vast majority of the exhibitors we've talked to are very happy with the turnout, and more than 900 of them have already signed up for 2003 when we return to Chicago."

900 Companies Have Already Reserved Space

Westport, CT. - For the first time since 1999, the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo") will return to Chicago's McCormick Place, January 27-29, 2003.

Because AHR Expos held in Chicago have historically been among the largest in terms of both attendance and exhibit space, International Exposition Company (IEC), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) decided last year that the AHR Expo would visit Chicago on a three-year cycle starting with the 2003 Show. The 1999 Show attracted more than 58,000 HVAC&R professionals (34,000 visitors and 24,000 exhibitors), and occupied more than 399,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Chicago is an especially attractive venue because it is a highly accessible major metropolitan area that can easily accommodate the tens of thousands of industry professionals that either attend or exhibit at the AHR Expo. In addition, there are a number of large population centers and a huge industrial base within a 200-mile radius of Chicago, making the region one of the strongest HVAC&R markets in the country.

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