The 2018 International Roofing Expo® (IRE) in New Orleans spanned 137,480 net square feet—the largest in the show's history—and attracted 10,076 attendees from 62 countries.
"The passion in the industry, our media partners, and show sponsor NRCA really make the IRE a remarkable show," says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE director. "It's a truly collaborative industry and event, giving buyers the opportunity to see new innovations while taking part in a powerful educational program."
The IRE featured 467 exhibiting companies. It also included 44 educational sessions with a 7 percent increase in attendance compared with 2017.
"It was an incredibly successful week in New Orleans, and NRCA couldn't be prouder to collaborate with such a wonderful group from Informa to produce such a compelling, informative and thriving convention and trade show," says NRCA CEO Reid Ribble. "Roofing contractors are enthusiastic and optimistic about the upcoming 2018 roofing season, and it showed by their attendance at this year's International Roofing Expo."
At NRCA's booth, 27 new members joined, and 781 people visited the booth.
The 2019 IRE and NRCA's 132nd Annual Convention will be held Feb. 11-13, 2019, at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.