The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) announced that ISPA EXPO 2016, held March 9-12 in Orlando, FL, was its largest and most successful show ever. EXPO welcomed a record 4,330 attendees—a 22% increase over 2014—from 72 countries visiting 242 exhibitors covering over 137,000 square feet of exhibition space.
“I think our record-breaking numbers reflect the enthusiasm and optimism that’s been building throughout the mattress industry,” said Ryan Trainer, ISPA president. “Our exhibitors and ISPA staff worked hard to make sure this EXPO exceeded expectations and provided something for everyone.”
Attendees saw the latest in machinery, components, services and technology, while also participating in networking events, receptions and top-notch educational sessions on topics ranging from differentiating your company from the competition, to bridging the generational gap in the workplace, content marketing tips and an update on mattress recycling efforts.
On Friday, March 11, during the Industry Breakfast, Greg Schwem, syndicated columnist and author of “The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar,” challenged the audience to find humor in today’s corporate environment, while offering practical advice about real work issues.
Feedback from event attendees was overwhelmingly positive. “Park Place had a great experience at the ISPA 2016 show,” said Jason Kelley, Park Place president and CEO. “We brought a record number of team members to the event and were able to see many new products and services. We also purchased new equipment that will add great long-term value to our production capabilities and will help us serve our customers well.”
“ISPA EXPO 2016 has been a great success for MFI!” exclaimed Lawrence Wollschlager, president and COO at MFI International MFG. “As in prior years, the EXPO has provided a great venue for seeking out new business opportunities, expanding our supplier base, and presenting fresh new ideas to our existing clientele. We look forward to future ISPA shows!”
“ISPA EXPO is the only place where the entire mattress industry gathers together- which is why we chose this year’s EXPO to be the first time we formally introduce ourselves as Innocor Foam Technologies and unveil our new line of innovative foam products,” Jeff Briney VP, Commercial/OEM Sales.
The mattress industry’s rocking band—the Insomniaczzz—had attendees dancing and singing during the March 9 Welcome Reception, one of EXPO’s best networking venues. It provided the perfect opportunity to mingle with new business acquaintances and see old friends.
On the heels of this successful event, plans are already underway for ISPA EXPO 2018, to be held March 14-17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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About the ISPA: Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA is the voice of the mattress industry, representing nearly 700 mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world.
ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership. These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications, and more.