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AHR EXPO® 2006 On Record Setting Pace

WESTPORT, CT — Based on the number of companies that have already reserved space for AHR Expo 2006 in Chicago, January 23-25, as well as a number of planned new show enhancements, next year’s event promises to be one of the biggest in the AHR Expo’s 76-year history.

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According to show management, more than 1,600 companies have already signed up to exhibit in the 2006 Expo and 350,000 square feet of exhibit space has been sold to date with many months remaining before the doors open at McCormick Place on January 23rd. Last year’s February show in Orlando set the new record for number of exhibitors with 1,871 companies occupying 372,955 square feet of space. However, Chicago is historically the site of the largest AHR Expos and still holds the record for number of attendees (59,079 including 38,224 visitors) and square footage (400,416).

“It’s hard to predict at this point in time whether AHR 2006 will surpass our all-time records,” said Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company, which manages and produces the AHR Expo. “However, we do know that our largest shows are always in Chicago and that we have some special features this year that will attract new attendees and exhibitors.”


Stevens said there are several reasons why the show does so well in the Windy City:
• Within a relatively short distance of several major metropolitan areas
• Home to one of the largest regional manufacturing areas
• Center of a huge commercial and residential HVAC base
• Headquarters for many HVAC companies and consulting firms
• Consistently ranked as “the number one city in which to do business”
• Centrally located geographically with the world’s busiest airport
“Chicago has always been a great place for the show and if the economy continues to improve, we could see some new records this January,” Stevens added.


Many new enhancements and features have been added to the AHR Expo over the last few shows that have made the event even more valuable to attendees. Among these enhancements are:
• A special focus on Green Buildings featuring “green” exhibitors, conference sessions by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and a new green feature that will be announced shortly
• A variety of association-sponsored sessions, in addition to the ASHRAE conference program, short courses, and a free public session, all on such topical subjects as Building Automation/Integration, SEER 13, IAQ and many others
• An expanding New Product Technology Theater where leading companies
present brief previews of their latest technologies and products throughout the
three-day show
• Two Special Product Sections – Building Automation & Control Showcase and
Software Center


Stevens believes that the main reason that AHR Expo continues to be the leading HVAC&R show in the world year after year is that it provides great value to attendees and exhibitors. According to over 500 responses to a recent survey of 2005 AHR Expo visitors, 95 percent said they “found products or information at the show that they can use to improve their business.”

When asked to rate the importance of several factors in attending the show, visitors said:
• Finding new/upgraded products – 92% said very important or somewhat important
• Finding new suppliers – 83% very important (47%) or somewhat important (36%)
• Opportunity to network – 73% very important (37%) or somewhat important (36%)

About AHR Expo
As the world’s largest and most comprehensive exposition in the HVAC&R industry, the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (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.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI). 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; Internet


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