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American Society of Safety Engineers’ San Antonio Expo Exceeds Expectations, Note Exhibitors

Posted in on Wed, Jul 1, 2009

San Antonio, TX (July 1, 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, held Sunday through Tuesday, is held in conjunction with the ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) – Safety 2009.

More than 380 companies exhibited 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 more, including 70 new companies. Many are launching new products and providing interactive exhibits.

One new exhibitor is Koolin’ Klothz, Etc., from Ozona, TX. “We are extremely pleased to be here,” Koolin’ Klothz President Cindy Reavis said. “This show has been great for us sharing best practices with attendees and being able to help them as they address what we see here as the main causes of injuries – heat, eyes and ears. The attendees at Safety 2009 are experts in work safety.”

Reavis’ company produces “cool cloth” inserts for hard hats 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 out of Corpus Christi, TX, and exhibitor said, “This exposition is great for us because this crowd understands and knows the value of safety at work and work 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, and 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, education and training aids, emergency aids, ergonomics, eye and face protection, fire protection, gas detection, foot and leg protection, general body protection, hazardous materials controls, hearing and head protection, industrial hygiene, personnel testing services, plant operations equipment, regulatory compliance products, respiratory protection, traffic control devices and vehicle alarms and mirrors.

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 3500 people from 36 countries are attending the ASSE PDC and Exposition which, in addition to the educational sessions, featured 40 pre-PDC 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

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