COLUMBUS, OHIO — Attendance may have seemed off for the biennial Interglassmetal/Fenestration World show, held Sept. 17-19 in Columbus, but exhibitors generally agreed the contacts were good.
The show, which will be held again in Atlanta in 1999, was geared toward an audience of window fabricators and contractors. The more than 200 exhibitors included about 25 vinyl and fiberglass window lineal suppliers as well as fabrication machinery makers and glass firms.
Jim Pratt, vice president of sales and marketing of Comptrusion Corp. of Richmond Hill, Ontario, said traffic at his firm's booth was pretty good, with very good client prospects showing interest in wood composite products.
``Attendance at the show had the appearance of being lower than in 1995, but the quality of the leads were very good,'' Michael F. Maher, product manager of custom window extrusions of Leesburg, Va.-based Rehau Inc., said after the show. ``Most of the leads we obtained were from existing vinyl fabricators looking to expand their product line.''
Maher said the show also attracted potential clients from outside the United States and Canada.
``About 10 percent of our leads came from out of the country,'' he said, adding a number of contacts represented Mexico and other Central American countries.
Show managers Dame Associates of Boston did not have attendance figures available by press time.