Upper Midwest Electrical Expo Draws 10,000

This year's Upper Midwest Electrical Expo in Minneapolis, billed as the largest electrical trade show in North America, was an unqualified success, drawing more than 10,000 attendees over the two-day event last month. The event sold out the exhibit floor with 348 booths where 400 electrical manufacturers displayed their wares. Thirty-six electrical distributors brought busloads of customers and employees to catch up on the latest electrical products. The event set a record for room nights at the Minneapolis Hilton & Marquette hotels with 718 rooms booked. The biennial event will return to Minneapolis on April 14-15, 2010.

Four new product awards were handed out at the Expo, based on voting by attendees:

Best Power Distribution & Control

360 Electrical's new rotating duplex outlet.

Best Tools/Testers

Rack-A-Tiers' new 1/2 inch EMT bender.

Best Lighting

Osram Sylvania's new micro-mini 13W, 20W & 23W electronic compact fluorescent lamps.

Best Datacom

Ideal Industries' new OmniSeal Pro compression mini-connectors.

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