The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has rescheduled the next Plastics USA trade show six months later than originally planned - to March 2008 - to avoid scheduling conflicts with the K show in Germany and to allow Plastics USA to use Chicago's brand-new McCormick Place West.
Plastics USA was scheduled to run in September 2007.
In another first, SPI will hold its NPE 2009 drawing for exhibit space during Plastics USA, in a new ballroom planned for McCormick Place West.
Washington-based SPI announced the changes July 28.
Plastics USA now is scheduled for March 4-6, 2008. It will be one of the first events to use McCormick Place West, which is set to open at the start of that year. McCormick Place officials broke ground on the $850 million building in May.
Until now, Plastics USA has been held a few weeks before the big international K shows in Dusseldorf, Germany, every three years. That made for scheduling conflicts with companies that exhibit at both shows.
McCormick Place West, which is now under construction, will feature:
* 470,000 square feet of exhibition space.
* 250,000 square feet of meeting space, close to the exhibit floor.
* An 8,000-square-foot rooftop garden terrace that can hold 800 people.
* The 100,000-square-foot ballroom, which will be the largest in Chicago. It will be able to hold 5,000 people for general sessions.