AHR Expo Pre-Show Issue: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 January 14, 2013 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Dallas Welcomes AHR Expo to the South Also inside… D ALLAS — Over 1,800 companies have reserved more than 375,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Dallas Convention Center for the 2013 Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration (AHR) Expo on Jan. 28-30, making it the largest ever held in the Southwest. Leading manufacturers and suppliers from around the world will converge to showcase hundreds of innovative new products to nearly 45,000 industry professionals. Those manufacturers will be in a festive mood, according to a recent AHR Expo survey, which showed that 70 percent of respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013 than in 2012. In fact, 15 percent of these manufacturers expect a “much better year,” while 28 percent of respondents expect the economy to remain the same. Just 3 percent expect it to be worse than 2012. “It is good to see that manufacturers continue to be optimis-tic about the HVACR sector of the economy,” said Clay Stevens, president, International Exposition Co., which pro-duces and manages the AHR Expo. “These survey results seem to suggest a strong show in Dallas.” To Market We Go One of the main reasons why contractors enjoy attending the AHR Expo is to check out the new products that manufacturers are bring-ing to market. They won’t be disappointed at this year’s event, as more than 75 percent of exhibitors note that they will be introducing new products or services to the marketplace at the AHR Expo. One of those exhibitors is Davisware (Booth #3219), which will unveil its Global Field Solution software. “By combining this product with our back end business and service management systems, contractors will be able to complete their entire business environment with a single-source solution,” said Jennifer Davis, co-founder and presi-dent, Davisware. “This means that a contractor will be able to create service calls, route optimize the schedule, and dispatch calls to a Garmin, allowing the technician to follow turn-by-turn directions to the call. Once in the field, the technician will be able to collect field data, take job site photos, and gather data such as amperage and voltage. The integrated GPS system will validate his time capture, as well as customer information, including signatures and credit card authorization.” Davisware has exhibited at the AHR Expo since 1999, as the event gives the company an opportunity to make many contacts with customers and prospects in a short period of time, noted Davis. “In addition to the sheer volume, attendees are typically of the high-est quality, as the show is very heavily attended by • See AHR EXPO | page 20 Innovation Award Winners Lasso Up AHR Accolades DIGITALEDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: BUILDINGAUTOMATIONAWARD CopperWatcher LLC 2 COOLINGAWARD Rheem Mfg. Co. 3 GREENBUILDINGAWARD Titus HVAC 4 HEATINGAWARD ClimateMaster Inc. 5 IAQAWARD Energy Wall LLC 6 PLUMBINGAWARD Navien America Inc. 7 REFRIGERATION AWARD Danfoss 8 SOFTWARE AWARD NexTraq 9 TOOLSTESTINSTRUMENTSAWARD Fluke Corp. 10 VENTILATIONAWARD American ALDES Ventilation Co. 1 See page 14 for complete coverage.