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EASA convention proves popular with Canadian companies

Chicago, Ill. -- It wasn't a typical trade show, especially for Chicago. Children strolled the aisles with one or b...


Chicago, Ill. — It wasn’t a typical trade show, especially for Chicago. Children strolled the aisles with one or both of their parents. There was lots of camaraderie among families and friends around the exhibits. But this was no consumer event. It was the exhibit hall at the annual convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, the St. Louis, Mo., based organization for those working in the field of electrical systems installation, service, maintenance and repair.

The June 24-27, 2001, convention at McCormick Place in Chicago offered special rates for youths and teens, and featured a special centre where the children of delegates could meet and make new friends. The convention is purposely scheduled for after the end of the school year.

Despite the convention’s focus on family, there were plenty of business and technical sessions for delegates. The theme for the conference was "Path to the Future." Topics included succession planning, benchmarking financial performance, assisting customers with repair/replace decisions, employee retention, recent advancements in predictive maintenance technologies, using thermography, and many more. The exhibit hall included equipment and materials from 184 companies in 436 booths.

Attendance was 3,099 delegates, including 974 representatives from 388 active member companies and 448 from 296 prospective member firms and other industrial and commercial companies.

"Considering the economy and how other trade shows have fared this year, we feel very positive about our outcome in Chicago," said Linda Raynes, EASA president and CEO. "Other trade shows have seen an average attendance decline of 25 per cent, with some dropping by as much as 50 per cent. Our attendance increased over last year’s convention and was down minimally from the previous two years, so we feel very fortunate."

Michael J. Stewart of Stewart’s Electric Motor Works, Inc. Orlando, Fla., was installed as EASA’s chairman of the board for the 2001-2002 administrative year.

EASA drew delegates from all across the U.S., as well as many from Canada and other countries. Canadian attendees included: Adwel International, Toronto, Armstrong Pumps, Toronto, Ampro Electric, London, Ont., Andarr Industries, Edmonton, B+B Dynamo & Armature, Winnipeg, Benshaw, Listowel, Ont., Brook Crompton N.A., Toronto & Montreal, Cabone of America, Toronto, Duncan Electric Motor, Duncan, B.C., Electrowind, Guelph, Ont., Elektro Drive Systems, Mississauga, Ont.

Enterprise D’Electromecanique Delstar, Montreal, General Electric Co., Calgary, Grant Electric Ottawa, Ottawa, Industrial Electric Motors (Lebo), Montreal, Iris Power Engineering, Toronto, Kadon Electro Mechanical Services, Calgary, Lafert N.A., Mississauga, Larry Electric Motor Service, Peterborough, Ont. Les Enterprises Electriques L.M., Montreal, Mahon Electric, Thunder Bay, Ont., Monelco, Windsor, Ont., Motion Electric Motor Services, Mississauga, Nexans Magnet Wire, Markham, Ont., O.G. Moteurs Electriques, St. Cyrille de Wendov, Que.

Paisley Products of Canada, St. Laurent, Que., Pulsar (VMD), Laval, Que., Scona Electric, Edmonton, Sherwood Electromotion, Woodbridge, Ont., Siemens Westinghouse, Burlington & Sarnia, Ont., Soper’s Supply, Edmonton, Standard Electric, Mississauga, Toshi Electrical Industries, Edmonton, Trade-Mark Industrial, Kitchener, Ont., Universal Rewind, Edmonton, V.J. Pamensky Canada, Toronto, Waffle’s Electric, Windsor, Ont., and Western Form Coils, Edmonton.

The EASA convention was truly an international event, attracting delegates from these countries as well: Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador, England, Ghana, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, and Venezuela.

EASA’s next convention takes place June 16-19, 2002, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The theme is "Seize the Opportunities." For details, contact the association at: tel. 314-993-2220, fax 314-993-1269; website — www.easa.com.