ABCO Expo Draws Record
More than 4,700 contractors and
nearly 200 vendors came together to trade ideas, reconnect with
old friends, and discover what’s next at the 31st Annual ABCO
EXPO. The energetic atmosphere reverberated throughout Terrace
On The Park from the time the doors opened at 12:30 pm right up
until the end of the event at 8 pm.
“There’s nothing like this around here,” said one contractor.
“We look forward to coming to the Expo all year.” Vendors and
manufacturer representatives from all around the country came to
educate contractors and promote new technologies and products,
such as Honeywell’s RedLINK wireless technology, White Rodgers
BLUE Easy Reader Thermostat, and Lucas-Milhaupt’s Handy One line
of brazing and soldering products.
Contractors, engineers and technicians learned all the latest
advancements in the HVAC and Refrigeration industry, from
Luxaire high-performance comfort systems, to Mitsubishi Mr. Slim
and CITY MULTI units, to Bohn Refrigeration Systems, to TAFCO
Walk-Ins, to Scotsman Ice Machines.
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NYSERDA and Con
Edison were both on hand to talk about their exciting energy
efficiency rebates, as well as the future of local HVAC
incentives that help contractors save their customers’ money. As
always, the ABCO University Tech Tips series of service,
installation and sales classes was a big hit.
Representatives from Emerson, Mitsubishi, Sporlan, Lucas-Milhaupt,
JB Industries, Honeywell, Nu-Calgon and Scotsman spoke to packed
rooms about a wide variety of important topics ranging from
Honeywell’s new RedLINK systems and Mitsubishi’s inverter-driven
heat pumps to compressor servicing, soldering techniques, and
coil cleaning techniques. With all the exciting new industry
developments and technologies on display, it’s easy to forget
that the ABCO Expo is about much more than technical know-how
and impressive new products.
It’s about the face-to-face interactions that build trust and
strengthen the bonds between all of us. It’s about the seemingly
random conversations that lead to new partnerships, the unexpected
discovery that leads to new ideas you never would have thought of,
the meeting with the manufacturer who can answer your questions.
Best of all, the Expo gives all of us the opportunity to reconnect
with old friends, make new ones, and catch up on what’s important in
our lives – which brings us to Make-A-Wish.
Contractors, manufacturers and other guests generously contributed
thousands of dollars throughout the day to Make-A-Wish, all of which
was worth twice as much because all of it was matched by ABCO. In
addition, MARS compassionately contributed $7,500 – the amount
necessary to grant one child’s Wish. ABCO has been a long-time
supporter of The Make-A-Wish Foundation and its Chief Executive
Officer, Michael Senter, currently serves as the Vice Chairman of
the Metro New York chapter and has been an active board member since