Chicago no longer will host a national annual hardware convention, an event that for decades ranked as one of the city's biggest trade shows.
The American Hardware Manufacturers Association, based in Schaumburg, Ill., canceled its 2005 show without explanation, according to a spokesman for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. The annual event had been scheduled for April 3-5 at McCormick Place, which is run by MEPA.
AHMA and Reed Exhibitions, which once were partners, split in August 2003 and held separate trade shows this year. Reed Exhibitions, based in Newton, Mass., took the majority of the show to Las Vegas, leaving AHMA with a small turnout, according to reports.
In 2003, the combined show took up almost 500,000 square feet. With more than 2,000 exhibitors, it ranked as one of McCormick Place's largest attractions.
AHMA officials could not be reached for comment.