“This year is going to set some new ones,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, which manages the AHR Expo. The 2018 AHR Expo is predicted to be biggest Show yet. This year’s Show is expected to surpass the size of the 2017 AHR Expo is Las Vegas-the current holder-by about 6%, Stevens said. Filling more than 530,000 net ft² (49,238 net m²), this year’s exhibits will take up more than 12 acres, he said. In total, the 2018 AHR Expo, will fill 24 acres of Chicago’s McCormick Place, which is known as the largest convention center in the United States. As one record falls, so does another one. More exhibitors are expected to showcase their newest, notable products at this year’s show than in years past, Stevens said. He said about 2,150 exhibitors – from smaller companies to industry giants – have registered to attend the show, which is about 150 more companies than the 2017 show. Another might fall in Chicago: the attendance. Nearly 70,000 visitors and exhibition staff attended the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas, which broke the previous record set at the 2014 show in New York. Stevens said he has to wait and see if this show will break the attendance record.
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