AHR Expo Pre-Show Issue: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 January 6, 2014 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn AHR Expo Takes Another Bite Out of the Big Apple Also inside… N EW YORK CITY — The last time the Air-Con-ditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration (AHR) Expo took place here in 2008, it established a then all-time attendance record of more than 39,000 visitors with over 6,400 buyers coming from 138 countries. Including exhibitor personnel, the total number of attendees reached more than 57,600. Show management is optimistic that the attendance record could be broken again at this year’s expo, thanks to optimism in the HVACR industry. “More than 1,800 exhibiting compa-nies have already reserved 387,000 square feet of booth space, exceeding the record-breaking exhibit space reserved for the 2008 AHR Expo in New York City by nearly 6 percent,” said Clay Stevens, presi-dent of International Exposition Co., which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “Due to the steadily improving economy and sheer size of the HVACR market in the Northeast, we may set new attendance records.” Indeed, according to a recent ASHRAE/ AHR Expo survey of more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 79 percent of respondents said their prospects for business were either excellent (19 percent) or good (60 percent) for the coming year. These results reflect a significant improvement over last year’s survey, which found 70 percent of respondents expected the economy to be better in 2013 than 2012, while 3 percent predicted it would be worse. No one responding to this • See AHR EXPO | page 14 Innovation Award Winners: The Fashion of Manhattan Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn E R NE BUILDINGAUTOMATION Belimo Aircontrols 2 COOLING Emerson Climate Technologies 3 GREENBUILDING Lafert North America 4 HEATING WaterFurnace Intl. Inc. 5 IAQ Neptronic 6 PLUMBING Rheem Mfg. Co. 7 REFRIGERATION Danfoss 8 SOFTWARE HVAC Solution Inc. 9 TOOLSINSTRUMENTS Imperial 10 VENTILATION Big Ass Fans 1 W S P A P See page 16 for complete coverage.