Rollforming manufacturers and the companies that use the machines and their accessories had a successful get-
together at the fourth Construction Rollforming Show, held September 27-28 in Cincinnati by Shield Wall Media, publishers of Frame Building News and Rollforming Magazine.
The show set its records for both exhibitors, with more than 60, and attendance. The weather was near-perfect, the vibe was positive, and exhibitors said they were writing orders at a rapid pace.
“It is great to see the Construction Rollforming Show mature,” said Shield Wall Media Publisher/CEO Gary Reichert. “This year, attendance and exhibitors increased by more than 20%. We are close to capping the growth. Our shows are not intended to be 300 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees. Just like our magazines, we are looking for a narrow, targeted audience.
“Multiple exhibitors stated they did not have a second on the first day when they were not engaged with a legitimate prospect. We are going to have to add hours to the first day of next year’s show to accommodate the growth.”
That record-setting attendance not only put buyers in front of sellers but the show also donated attendee proceeds after September 1 to Hawaii wildfire relief. Shield Wall Media will be cutting a check for $11,000.
The educational programming was highlighted by highly attended presentations by Frank Schiene of MRS (roll former maintenance) and Thomas Schwarzer of ASC Machine Tools (choosing a panel roll former). Ryan King of CIDAN Machinery gave two presentations, while others included Building Wins podcaster and Source One Marketing product rep Randy Chaffee; Brad Shreve of AkzoNobel (coatings and warranties); Royden Wagler and Keith Dietzen of SmartBuild; and Adam Buck of 3GM (coil basics).
New products unveiled included a ladder called the Ridge RAT (Roof Access Tool) that provides a new and unique way to work on a roof and was introduced at the show by Formwright; the new Plyco window that has a scratch-free acrylic finish; and new Firm Grip gloves that are cut-free not only on the palm side but also on the back, which were at the ST Fastening Systems booth. Northern Building Components introduced a new door that has a fiberglass panel that doesn’t need to be painted, and a new door jamb that can be painted.
Next year’s edition of the CRS will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 18-19, 2024.
“The hospitality is unmatched compared to other expos we attend as well as not being nickel and dimed for every service you offer with your event, from lead retrieval to attendee list,” said Zach Harvey of Hershey’s Metal Meister. “We look forward to next year!” FBN