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IBS 2019: Big event, bigger attendance

More than 100,000 attend Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas.

BY Andy Carlo

With the 75th anniversary edition of the International Builder’s Show (IBS) in the books, the event proved to be on its largest.

IBS, combined with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) for the annual Design and Construction Week, drew more than 100,000 attendees.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, more than 67,000 home building professionals from around the world were in attendance at the show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Feb. 19-21.

“As the International Builders’ Show celebrates 75 years, it remains the premier event for the housing industry,” said Geoff Cassidy, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings. “With the largest attendance in 10 years, we’re proving once again that IBS is the only place to experience such a diverse collection of innovative products, education sessions and networking opportunities all in one place.”

Exhibit space for IBS also expanded from last year’s 583,000 square feet, held in Orlando, Fla., to more than 608,000 square feet, where nearly 1,500 exhibitors displayed the latest in building products and technology. DCW featured more than 2,000 exhibitors occupying more than one million square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces.

Exhibitors also noted the increased foot traffic in Las Vegas.

“The experience during the three days of the show has been great. It’s been a very busy show, a lot of fun and we’ve been interacting with a lot of builders, contractors and other vendors at the show,” said Blake R. Edwards, senior product marketing manager at Lennox. “We’re getting a lot of good insight from listening to the customers and the builders that come here that have questions on our products but we’re also giving a lot of valuable feedback to them as well.”

The next IBS and Design & Construction Week will be held in Las Vegas Jan. 21-23, 2020.

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