American Society of Safety Engineers’ San Antonio Expo Exceeds Expectation
San Antonio, TX (June 30, 2009) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) 2009 Exposition at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio has exceeded expectations in the number of exhibitors and square feet sold despite the economy.
The ASSE Exposition, which began last Sunday and runs through Tuesday, June 30, is held in conjunction with the ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC). The PDC features more than 225 educational sessions on new information involving all areas of occupational safety, health and environment and several keynote speakers including U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
More than 380 companies are exhibiting at the exposition including Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, colleges and much more. This includes 70 new companies exhibiting. Many are launching new products and providing interactive exhibits.
One new exhibitor is Koolin’ Klothz, Etc., from Ozona, Texas. “I heard about the ASSE exposition at the last minute and we are extremely pleased that we are here,” Koolin Klothz President Cindy Reavis. “This show has been great for us as we have shared best practices with attendees and we’re able to help them as they address what we see as the main causes of injuries – heat, eyes and ears. The attendees at the ASSE show are experts in this area.”
Reavis’ company produces “cool cloth” inserts for hard hat and caps, neck bands, bandanas and rehabilitation safety blankets. She says the products are produced in Ozona, TX.
“The interaction with practitioners here at the ASSE expo is invaluable for us,” Dupont Safety Resources Marketing Leader Burcu Baykan said today at the Dupont Coastal Booth. “Because the attendees here at the ASSE conference are the actual users and implementers of the programs, training and services we supply.
“This show, which we have done for years and will continue to do so, provides a unique opportunity for companies like us to collect feedback from key users to help us improve and bring solutions to market which are a better fit to the unique challenges of those companies the ASSE PDC attendees work for,” Baykan said. Dupont Coastal based out of Virginia Beach, VA, is a global company that provides safety training and products for all industries and customers.
Houston, TX-based Clay Hughes of Wayne Enterprises noted, “The exposition has been awesome.”
Vince Denais, the president and founder of Rugged Cycles and exhibitor said, “This exposition is great for us because this crowd understands and knows the value of safety at work and for companies that understand the major return on investing in safety programs and products. They are quality people.”
Denais’ industrial bicycles are made without chains. “We have found the number one cause of industrial bike accidents is related to chain failure,” he said. “It’s a durable product that is made with several safety features, is reliable, durable, helps company’s increase employee wellness and more.”
The expo featured many products aimed at enhancing safety including alarm and signaling devices, auto safety devices, biological detection, maintenance material and devices, computer services, signage, drug testing, defibrillators.
The PDC features more than 225 educational sessions on new information involving all areas of occupational safety, health and environment and several keynote speakers including U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
Founded in 1911, ASSE is based in Des Plaines, IL and has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide. About 4000 people from 36 countries are attending the ASSE PDC and Exposition which, in addition to the educational sessions, features 40 pre-and-post seminars, an executive summit, regulatory updates from federal officials, technical tours, student activities, key issue roundtables, and more. For more information check ASSE’s web site at www.asse.org.