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AHR EXPO 2004 ALREADY LARGEST WEST COAST HVAC/R EVENT

Westport, CT. November 5, 2003 - Show management reports that the 2004 AHR Expo" (Anaheim, Calif. January 26-28) is already larger than any previous West Coast AHR Expo, with 310,000 net square feet sold and more than 1,400 exhibiting companies signed up so far. The amount of exhibit space reserved to date in Anaheim exceeds the 301,000 net square feet of exhibits at the last West Coast AHR Expo (1998, San Francisco).

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Large International Presence

The 2004 event is continuing the recent trend toward globalization. Over the past several years, the number of exhibitors headquartered outside of the United States has been on the increase. Presently, some 216 international exhibiting companies from 33 countries have signed up to display hundreds of new and innovative products. Solid representation of companies from around the globe includes more than 40 companies from Europe and three dozen from Pacific Rim countries with the majority of international support coming from more than 105 Canadian companies.

Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo, attributes some of this strong interest to the fact that the industry's leading event has not been to Southern California for more than a decade. "The West Coast region represents a strong HVACR market," Stevens pointed out. "AHR Expo is the only opportunity many of these HVACR professionals will have to see such a vast array of all the latest products and technologies from leading suppliers around the world."

AHR Expo 2004 Highlights Highlights of the AHR Expo include two special show floor pavilions (Building Automation & Control and a Software Center) that will encourage attendees to participate in hands on demonstrations and view, test, and compare state-of-the-art technologies. In addition to the pavilions, many of the AHR Expo's Endorsing Associations will conduct free educational sessions. These associations will present information ranging from principles of business management to a variety of current technical developments. Complimentary building automation sessions will also explore four areas; marketing convergence, online capabilities, an XML update, and wireless controls. As always, ASHRAE is producing a large variety of sessions in conjunction with their annual winter meeting throughout the four days of the AHR Expo that will include numerous short courses with a nominal tuition charge and a free public session on improving residential HVAC energy efficiency.

Reliable Controls For additional information on sessions at the AHR Expo, please visit www.ahrexpo.com.

Second Annual AHR Expo Innovation Awards

Designed to promote and encourage product innovation by recognizing exceptional achievements, the most innovative products among the thousands on display at the AHR Expo will be selected as winners in eight specific categories. A panel of judges, made up of ASHRAE members selected for their exceptional knowledge of the industry and its products, will review and evaluate all submissions. The 2003 inaugural AHR Expo" Innovation Awards competition generated a total of ninety-five entries. The Innovation Awards are jointly sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI); and International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo.

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, OEM's, architects and builders, industrial plant operators, facility owners and managers, agents and reps.



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