Fort Worth, Texas — The Society of Plastics Engineers' thermoforming division rebounded with its 2018 Thermoforming Conference in Fort Worth, after Hurricane Irma canceled last year's event in Orlando, Fla.
Conference Chair Jim Arnet said the Fort Worth conference, held Sept. 24-26 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, marked the first time the Thermoforming Conference was held in Texas.
Attendance was about 700. Attendees toured the show floor and heard presentations.
As an added Texas touch, instead of the usual certificate, speakers got a fifth of Texas whiskey.
"It's been an extremely successful show. We have had a lot of people coming in from states and from areas that normally wouldn't go to the upper Midwest to visit shows. We've had over 100 walk-ins. That is phenomenal," said Arnet, who is director of sales and marketing for Hagans Plastics Co. Inc., a thermoformer in Grand Prairie, Texas.
As a Texan, Arnet set the tone by riding a horse — named Rainey — into the evening reception and welcoming attendees to the Lone Star State.
Division board members sported red bandanas to carry through the Texas theme.
The Fort Worth Thermoforming Conference gave the industry a boost of energy.