To attendees, NPE can be something fun to look forward to. "Which restaurant will we have dinner at on Tuesday?" you may ask, or "which hospitality suite should we hit first?" (Some of you may even give some advance thought to the exhibits you plan to visit, the people you want to meet and the conferences you want to attend.) To me -- and to many exhibitors -- NPE is something that takes a lot of advance planning. I know what goes into planning daily newspapers at NPE -- I've been part of the team at Plastics News that's done NPE dailies since 1991. But I still can't imagine everything that goes into making sure that a booth full of working injection presses -- complete with auxiliary equipment and enough material to run the equipment for a week -- is set up and running perfectly in time for the show. Exhibitors have been planning for this event for months, and an important step in the process started today. Exhibitor move-ins began on the show floor at McCormick Place in Chicago. Eager for a sneak peek? A.J. Janosko, SPI's director of trade show services, is posting photos on SPI's "In the hopper" blog, and in this Web photo album. Check it out. And get ready to enjoy the exhibits -- and our show dailies -- that you're going to see in person, starting on June 22.
Set-up begins at NPE2009
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