As the sun shone down on Sin City during the last week of February, there was an energy pulsing inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino's Mandalay Bay Convention Center as roofing professionals from around the world explored the offerings during NRCA's 130th Annual Convention and Irving, Texas-based Informa's 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE). Held Feb. 27-March 3 in Las Vegas, the event attracted 11,273 people, smashing the previous attendance record of 9,568 set during the 2014 IRE in Las Vegas—making the 2017 IRE the largest show in its history.
A record-breaking number of booths were present on the sold-out trade show floor, with 476 companies exhibiting in 1,317 booths compared with 462 companies exhibiting in 1,206 booths at the 2016 IRE. Eighty-eight of this year's exhibiting companies were first-time exhibitors eager to represent their companies and gather leads as industry professionals from all 50 states and 70 countries networked on the show floor.
"This year's convention and the IRE trade show was the most attended roofing event in North America," says Reid Ribble, NRCA's CEO. "All this speaks well of the industry here in the U.S. and its growing influence abroad. NRCA was proud to be a part of it."
The convention kicked off Monday, Feb. 27, with NRCA's Executive Committee Meeting, NRCA's Affiliate Executives Council Meeting and NRCA's board of directors meeting at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.