In about three months (September 29-30), the shed industry will gather at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the inaugural Shed Builder Expo.
Will you be there?
And we can’t wait to see everyone face-to-face, and now’s the time to make your plans to be at the Expo to attend educational sessions, meet with industry suppliers, and network with other shed-building professionals.
Have you and your employees registered to attend the Shed Builder Expo?
Companies and individuals who build, sell, deliver and install sheds, portable buildings, and related outdoor structures can register online or by fax.
To register online, visit www.shedbuilderexpo.com, click on the “Register” tab, and then fill out the form. Multiple attendees from the same company can register on the same form.
Those who need to register by fax can send a request to 616-582-6300.
Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the event to guarantee admittance on the days of the show.
Have you made travel plans to get to Grand Rapids?
Those traveling by air will fly into the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, the second-largest airport in the state. Six airlines offer more than 120 daily non-stop flights to and from the airport, which was ranked as the No. 1 Airport in North America by size by Airports Council International in 2015.
Daily flights take place to and from more than 29 major market destinations, including Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Charlotte, Chicago-O’Hare, Chicago-Midway, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, New York-Newark, Orlando International, Orlando-Sanford, Philadelphia, Phoenix-Mesa, Phoenix- Sky Harbor International, Punta Gorda, Sarasota/Bradenton, Savannah/Hilton Head, St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Tampa, Tampa/St. Petersburg- Clearwater, and Washington-Dulles.
Airlines include Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport isn’t just accessible from all over the country, it’s convenient for the Expo. Once on the ground, passengers are just 20 minutes away from the convention center.
Of course, Grand Rapids is also easily accessible by train and automobiles. Amtrak service between Grand Rapids and Chicago is available daily, with convenient connections to other cities. The station is just five minutes from the convention center.
For those traveling by car or truck, Grand Rapids is situated at the junction of major expressways (I-96, I-196, U.S. 131), within a day’s drive of half the U.S. population.
Have you booked your hotel room(s) to get the most out of both days of the Expo?
Shed Builder Expo has blocks of rooms set aside at three hotels near the convention center: the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton; Embassy Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown; and the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown.
There are many more lodging options in the downtown area, including the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, Downtown Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Homewood Suites by Hilton.
In all, downtown Grand Rapids boasts more than 2,000 rooms.
Lodging throughout the Grand Rapids area runs the gamut from luxury hotels to budget motels. These include charming bed-and-breakfast inns, convenient extended-stay suites, and modern campgrounds.
Please note: Shed Builder Expo does not work with any lodging booking service. If you are contacted by such a service, it’s a scam—do not provide them with any information. Book your rooms directly with the hotels.
For up-to-the-minute Shed Builder Expo information, keep an eye on the show website, www.shedbuilderexpo.com, on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/shedbuilderexpo), and via faxed news releases.
Expo-related news will also be posted on the Shed Builder Magazine website (www.shedbuildermag.com) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/shedbuildermagazine).
Are you ready to go to the Expo?