WEFTEC SETS FLOOR SPACE RECORD

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) recently announced a new record of 209,500 net square feet of sold exhibition floor space for WEFTEC®.05, the Federation's 78th annual technical exhibition and conference. This achievement came nine weeks out from the conference opening at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, on Oct. 29, 2005. The previous record of 204,860 was set at WEFTEC.01 in Atlanta, Ga.

Boosted by a 72-percent retention rate of returning exhibitors from WEFTEC.04, the Federation followed with outreach to new companies for this year's event.

"The response has been incredible," said Nannette Tucker, Director of WEFTEC sales. "My phone has been in constant use?receiving calls and reservations." Included in that number are international companies from Denmark, Japan, and China, with more reservations expected. "Based on previous years as we approach the conference date, estimates for the final number could increase by as much as 5,500-8,500 net square feet."

Another record broken by this year's show is the total number of exhibiting companies. To date, 936 companies have reserved space on the WEFTEC.05 exhibition floor. This number is more than 100 greater than the standing record of 833 set at last year's conference in New Orleans, La.

"This record-setting response just reinforces the value of WEFTEC to companies interested in exhibiting their products," continued Tucker. "The conference and exhibition serve as an ideal venue to conduct business and promote new, cutting-edge technologies."

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

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