After reviewing the NPE 2003 exhibitor prospectus, I am convinced that a disaster is about to befall all the small companies that make up the bulk of exhibitors.
I have researched past NPE floor plans, finding the tradition has always been to stagger large booths with small booths in most every aisle.
Now, the NPE sponsoring committee, in its wisdom, has completely changed the floor plans on each floor of each building to basically locate all large exhibitors in the center, using literally all the prime floor space. All the small booths are designated to row after row on the outskirts. Without the “big guys” as a draw in each aisle, many attendees won't even enter many of the lesser aisles. I've notified the NPE committee of my concerns, but so far to no avail. I strongly advise other smaller exhibitors to do the same. Since we “little guys” pay the same per square foot as anyone else, I believe we're entitled to the same opportunity to present ourselves.
Norman C. Zintz
American Extrusion Services Inc.