AHR Expo Post-Show Issue: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 February 13, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn AHR Expo Sets Attendance Record By Kyle Gargaro Of The NEWS Staff C HICAGO — The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Exposition (AHR Expo) blew into Chicago on Jan. 23 and provided big crowds, hot topics, and a plethora of new products. The expo set an all-time attendance record with nearly 40,000 registered visitors at Chi-cago’s McCormick Place. The previous record for visitors was 38,534 in New York City in 2008. For the 2012 expo, when you add in the exhibitor personnel and other attendees, more than 58,000 HVACR professionals participated in the event. “The mood has been great. We have been packed the entire time. We have had a lot of contractors and a lot of distributors come by, so it has been great,” said Kevin Mayer, speci-fied products manager for ECR International. The 2012 show was also the largest in terms of space as nearly 430,000 square feet of exhibit space was used for display. That made the show 5 percent bigger than the 2006 Chicago show. “We are delighted that we have established new all-time records for both the size of the event and the best visitor attendance,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Expo-sition Co., which produces and manages the AHR Expo. • See EXPO RECORD | page 8 Dann Holmes of Viega exhibited the ProPress-MegaPress cold press pipe installation system with Ridgid tools. Ed Purvis of Emerson Climate Technologies explained that the display case of dimes represents how the Copeland Scroll K5 compresser can save 10 percent on refrigeration costs. LBS Industries hosted an evening reception at the Art Institute of Chicago. DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: AHR EXPO ONLINE SHOW COVERAGE AHREXPOONLINESHOWCOVERAGE GET THE SCOOP about the AHR Expo’s on-and-oﬀ -the-show-ﬂ oor happenings and expo products at www.achrnews.com/AHR-Expo.