Kitchener, ON — June 10, 2002 — The 2002 Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show, which took place June 5-6, 2002, started on a high with Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr performing the ceremonial ribbon-cutting from a Sky Jack, elevating him several feet in the air.
For two days, industry professional from across Southwestern Ontario came to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium to meet suppliers, compare products and find solutions to their manufacturing challenges. The show was attended by 2,734 representatives from 1,591 companies; 73 per cent of whom stated that they approve or recommend purchases for their organizations.
More than 100 attendees took the time to participate in free seminars on machine and process safeguarding in preparation for Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews. The Ontario Ministry of Labour’s recent amendment to Section 7 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act’s Regulations for Industrial Establishments known as Regulation 7 has brought issues concerning Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews to the forefront. The show’s seminars on machine and process safeguarding were presented by SNS Automation Products.
Attendee Opinion Surveys confirmed that show visitors were extremely satisfied with the quality and scope of exhibiting companies and the products and services on display. “I always find new products, services and suppliers to solve or correct at least one problem or situation,” said Michael Feeney, materials coordinator and planner for Metal Processing Technologies of Cambridge, Ont.
Other attendees commented on the benefits of meeting face-to-face with vendors and the value of the show as a way to learn about new technologies and services available to the Ontario market. Glenn Hayward, a maintenance mechanic for the town of New Tecumseth, remarked on his show experience: “It’s a great source of new solutions for old problems.”
“Not only are trade events like the Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show a great way to source suppliers, but they provide an opportunity to get immediate answers to questions and to compare the latest products and services for all aspects of industrial and business operations,” added show manager, Shelley Sougaris.
The next Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show will be held in June 2004 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener. The show is produced by Reed Exhibitions Canada of Toronto.