Construction trade show a chance to reach clients

2013-05-09T00:00:00Z Construction trade show a chance to reach clientsAngela Pittenger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

"It's for anyone looking for construction services," said Jim Kuliesh, president and CEO of the Alliance of Construction Trades.

Kuliesh was talking about the Sixth Annual Construction Industry Trade Show, which takes place Wednesday at Hotel Tucson City Center InnSuites downtown.

Not only is the trade show a chance for construction-industry professionals to see the latest in materials, heavy equipment and technology, but it also serves as a sounding board for them to reach out to potential clients.

It's for anybody who needs work done, whether that's a "restaurant owner who needs a painter, or a homeowner who needs a plumber," Kuliesh said.

"There are no pots and pans or dishes; it's just for people who might have a construction need."

The trade show features about 100 exhibitors in various construction fields such as drywall, masonry and electrical.

Outside, there will be tractors and heavy equipment, while inside exhibitors will have tables with information and smaller displays.

Katharine Kent, president of The Solar Store, said her company has exhibited every year, with information on making use of solar energy and energy-efficiency strategies for lowering utility bills.

But what she really enjoys about the show is seeing new industry trends, and what other businesses are doing.

"I always find things and think 'oh my gosh, my guys need this latest tool,' " she said.

Show attendance has fluctuated over the past few years, as a result of the slow economy, Kuliesh said.

"About four years ago, we had 1,300 people come. Two years ago, there were about 800."

Kuliesh is optimistic about show attendance this year, though.

"People weren't spending money," Kuliesh said. "But we're starting to see it come back."

If You Go

What: The Sixth Annual Construction Industry Trade Show is open to the public.

When: Hours are 2 to 6 p.m., May 15

Where: Hotel Tucson City Center InnSuites, 475 N. Granada. Admission and parking are free.

Contact reporter Angela Pittenger at apitteng@azstarnet.com or 573-4137.

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