Events & Shows
Business and fun at WinDoor 2019
By Patrick Flannery
WinDoor 2019 attracted a healthy crowd of window and door manufacturers and dealers to the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont., Nov. 20 and 21. The first day saw a big rush and crowded booths with things quieter on Day 2, as usual. The floor was smaller than past years, but the education sessions were well attended, especially the ones offering technical advice and codes and standards updates. But the big charge of energy came again from the Main Event dinner on the first evening, which saw over 500 sit down to eat, chat, honour the industry’s leaders and rock out to Destroyer, a Kiss cover band. It reinforces a trend toward shows becoming more about the networking and education and less about looking at products and finding suppliers. Feedback from exhibitors indicates they are actually fine with that, as the chance to connect with dozens of clients and potential clients in a couple days is very valuable.
“I thought the show was really well attended with a good flow of traffic and minimal downtime,” said Eddie Choe of Trimlite. “We had some engaging conversations with our customers, so job well done.”
“We saw everybody we wanted to see,” said Jean Marois of Energi. “That was the goal. We made sure we were meeting our customers because it is a good time to wrap up the year with them and talk about next year.”
“The first day was very busy,” said Luca Toscetti of Int Machinery. “We had people who were starting to investigate and people who already knew what they were looking for. We had very good interest on our paint line for painting on lineals.”
“This was better than the last three years,” said Erdem Gogceloglu of Klaes.
“The show this year has been great,” said Carrie Scheetz of Quanex. “We got to see a lot of our customers which is why we love coming to WinDoor. We get to see a lot of customers we don’t see anywhere else.”