Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Fastest and Easiest Move In EVER for IMTS at McCormick Place

Great article today in the Chicago Tribune trumpeting the changes in the union rules regarding what exhibitors are now allowed to do during setup.  By allowing the vendors to do more themselves, this has dramatically improved both the set up time as well as a significant reduction in exhibitors overall costs.  This has been a win/win/win for everyone involved.  As the Chicago Tribune reported this morning:

Peter Eelman, vice president-exhibitions and communications for the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the trade group that sponsors and runs the biennial show that has been at McCormick Place since 1950, so far is pleased with the changes at McCormick Place.

"I couldn't be happier with the overall attitude and productivity and cooperation with the work force in general, including the carpenters, the riggers, the electricians, you name it," Eelman said. "I've gotten great feedback from the exhibitors, and it's unanimous that it's a different feeling.'' Eelman was among a coterie of major trade show operators that pushed for the revamp of convention center operations.

In fact, the association held off committing to future shows until the changes became law. In August, the group announced that its show, also known as the machine tool show, would return in 2012, 2014 and 2016.