Success in the sunshine state

NRCA's 129th Annual Convention and the 2016 International Roofing Expo® attract second-highest attendance

Whether it was the draw of warm, sunny weather or the many events and networking opportunities taking place throughout the week, attendance at NRCA's 129th Annual Convention and Irving, Texas-based Informa's 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE) was second only to the record-setting 9,568 attendees at the 2014 IRE in Las Vegas. Held Feb. 15-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., this year's event attracted 9,493 visitors from around the world, surpassing the 9,337 people who attended the 2015 IRE in New Orleans.

This year's IRE had a record-breaking number of booths present on the show floor, with 462 companies exhibiting in 1,206 booths compared with 465 companies exhibiting in 1,178 booths at the 2015 IRE. The large number of attendees and exhibiting companies indicates NRCA's convention and the IRE continue to attract new crowds, as well as repeat visitors.

The convention kicked off Monday, Feb. 15, with NRCA's Executive Committee meeting, NRCA's Affiliate Executives Council meeting and NRCA's board of directors meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel.

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