The Opening Rush on Day One
The Upper Midwest Electrical Expo is by all accounts the largest regional show in the United States and several vendors said the booth traffic at this Minneapolis show even tops traffic at the NECA annual show. The North Central Electrical League expects more than 10,000 attendees and sold 363 exhibit booths. 400 electrical manufacturers were at the show, and area distributors were expected to bring more than 30 busloads of customers to the event.
Gary Brusacoram and Some Admirers from Viking Electric Supply
Some of the ladies at the show from Viking Electric Supply visiting with one of the Minneapolis’ market’s more legendary reps, Gary Brusacoram. (Left-right) Lynn Peterson, Virgina Rulli, Gary and Toni Sacrison. Gary is now repping the Rack-A-Tiers and Delta Breez Bath Fans lines.
Need a Spam Slicer? Talk with the Folks at Enlow Companies
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Enlow’s John Stroot said the display was working well to draw NCEL attendees into the booth. Enlow’s promo:
“Set up a Lunch n’ Learn at your firm… Qualify to win your own Spam Slicer and get the truth on everything from ATS to UPS.”
Arlington's Joe Carroll and Mike Fruen - Partners in Sales and On the Road
Joe Carroll, Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Arlington Industries, and Mike Fruen of Fruen’s Sales at the Arlington booth on Day One of the show. Joe says Arlington’s new electrical boxes for countertop applications were attracting a lot of interest from electrical contractors.
Joe and Mike are sports car afficiendos and several years ago drove across the country together to Boston in their classic cars.
Chad French, StaplePro Industries / Rack-A-Tiers
As an electrical contractor out in the field, Chad French, StaplePro Industries, was always frustrated with fishing around in his tool belt pouch for a staple. His StaplePro staple holder uses a powerful magnet to align the staples neatly for easy access. Chad was exhibiting his invention at the Rack-A-Tiers booth.