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AHR: snow falls, attendance rises

2014_AHR_EXPO1USA: Despite a storm that dropped 10in of snow on New York City, determined visitors to AHR Expo would not be put off, creating a record attendance.

According to the show organiser, a total of over 61,000 attendees (43,000 visitors and 18,000 exhibitor personnel) registered for the event at the Javits Convention Centre from  January 21-23.

Visitors from the hvacr community from across America and over 130 countries braved the elements to see the latest products and technologies on display from over 1,900 exhibiting companies. Pending verification, these figures make the 2014 AHR Expo the event with the highest registered attendance in the history of the exposition.

“We were obviously very concerned when the weather forecast predicted there would be a snow storm on opening day and arctic cold the last two days of the show,” said Clay Stevens, president of organiser the International Exposition Company.

“However, we were encouraged when we saw thousands of people pouring into the Show as if the weather wasn’t even a factor.”

“We were very happy with the attendance, as were all the exhibitors and attendees we spoke with,” Stevens added. “However, I’m sure we would have blown away the all-time attendance record even more if the weather hadn’t been so severe.”

It was announced before the Show that the 2014 event had already broken the Northeast record for exhibit space reserved at 385,000 square feet. That total exceeded the old record by nearly 6%.

Next year’s show visits Chicago from January 26-28. 2015.

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