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Late October Industry News

Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo Moving from Indianapolis to Chicago in 2014

In response to customer feedback, Advanstar Communications’ Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo will move next year from its long-time home in Indianapolis to Chicago’s McCormick Place for a three-year commitment.

Winning the show was a result of a new committee — the Trade Show Promotion Fund committee — which was formed following labor reforms that took place at McCormick. The committee is comprised of four representatives of Carpenters Local 10 Union and four representatives from the Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s office, who work with Choose Chicago to identify new shows for the city.

The move to Chicago may be the boost that Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo needs. This year’s show in February at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium had a 30-percent drop in attendance (to 10,904) compared with last year’s show, and a 27-percent drop from the 2011 event.

In addition to what McCormick Place and Chicago have to offer, several enhancements will be made to the show when it moves to its new home. Some include a dedicated focus on new products with a showcase, a Web app, demos and a show catalog; an educational symposium offering solutions delivered by professional trainers from several organizations; and late-year timing aligned with the dealers’ need to make prime buying decisions in the fourth quarter for the coming season.



CompuSystems Partners with Specialty Graphic Imaging Association for Annual Expo

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), the international association for specialty imaging, appointed CompuSystems Inc. (CSI) as their new registration service provider. The agreement awards CSI exclusive rights to provide registration services for the SGIA Expo through 2015.

The 2013 SGIA Expo, taking place Oct. 23-25 in Orlando, is an international expo that brings together thousands of imagers from around the world to one expansive show floor. Attendees can see hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the broadest range of technology available on the market. By providing the registration services to the SGIA Expo, CSI can showcase its cutting-edge products to an audience interested in the newest technologies.

Those attending the 2013 SGIA Expo, can expect to benefit from a new and improved show app, which allows attendees to send appointment requests to exhibitors and scan exhibitor badges for instant information about that company. For more information, go to or



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