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Editor's Take

Save The Date For The NAFEM Show 2017

Our annual Worldwide Buyers Guide has the benefit of reaching an additional 10,000 readers overseas. And that global reach gives me the perfect opportunity to remind everyone that The NAFEM Show is set for Feb. 9-11, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

At press time, NAFEM reports it has 531 exhibitors who will set up equipment displays across 372,000 sq. ft. of convention floor space; this is more on both counts than The NAFEM Show ’13 and ’15. Booth spaces are still available, but they’re going fast. Attendance is expected to be in the 20,000+ range.

NAFEM once again is accepting equipment and supply product submissions for its What’s Hot! What’s Cool! pavilion. (Note: The cut off for entries for manufacturers is Oct. 14). Some 125 companies have already entered, submitting product descriptions and a compelling explanation of how their product benefits operator end-users. The NAFEM Show is going to return to the display mode it adopted a few years back, devoting an entire portion of floor space to a “museum gallery”-like display of the physical What’s Hot! What’s Cool! products.

In a brilliant move, NAFEM has asked Mike Colburn and Mary Esther Treat of Ideas Well Done, Winooski, Vt., to scour the show floor and use their unique judgement to spot breakout equipment. After all, they’ve been innovating equipment since 1997 and for decades have partnered with manufacturers to develop new products. If anyone can spot something noteworthy, it’s Mike and Mary Esther. On Friday and Saturday of the show, twice each day, they’ll report what they’ve seen in an informal Inspiration Station—a conversation area with seating set up for the purpose.

On the show floor, expect a lot of focus on the cold side of equipment. The refrigeration issue is heating up and those manufacturers who have kept up with the regulation requirements—to simultaneously increase refrigeration efficiency and reconfigure systems to work with approved refrigerants—will likely have plenty of products to show you. Of course, every E&S manufacturer takes advantage of The NAFEM Show to launch their latest products. So set your calendar reminder; and check out our 2017 Industry Events Calendar to set more plans for the coming year. See you at The NAFEM Show!

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