Largest WWETT Show in History Awaits Plumbers in 2016

Indiana Convention Center exhibit floor sold out for second consecutive year
Largest WWETT Show in History Awaits Plumbers in 2016
For the second consecutive year, all 564,000 square feet of exhibit floor space in the Indiana Convention Center is sold out for the WWETT Show.

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Plumbers and drain cleaners attending the 2016 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show in Indianapolis could see the largest display of new products and technologies in the 36-year history of the exposition.

For the second consecutive year, all 564,000 square feet of exhibit floor space in the Indiana Convention Center is sold out for the show, which will be held Feb. 17-20.

“Last year, it was sold out by the end of January, so this year we’re a month ahead,” says Brad Bisnette, show coordinator. “I think because last year it sold out, exhibitors knew to have their plans in place early.”

Over 600 exhibitors expected for 2016 WWETT Show

Bisnette says he and WWETT Show staff are still looking at ways that the hallway space in the convention center can be used to accommodate a few more booths, as well as seating for attendees since the exhibit hall is at capacity. There were 597 exhibitors at the 2015 WWETT Show, and the exhibitor count for 2016 is already at 585.

“I expect it to surpass 600 once we’re done expanding into the hallways,” Bisnette says.

As exhibitor sign-up goes, so goes attendee registration.

“Registration is slightly ahead of last year’s pace as well,” says Bisnette. “It usually follows exhibitors. That’s the trend. Exhibitors help spread the word.”

He attributes the early sell-out date in part to the return to a Wednesday-through-Saturday format for the show. The last time that schedule was used was 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky, the year before the show moved to Indianapolis. Bisnette says some exhibitors have returned after an absence of a few years.

“The larger exhibitors always come, but some of the smaller exhibitors perhaps thought [the Monday-through-Thursday schedule] didn’t work for their customers,” he says. “They’re coming back because they know their customers are coming back.”

Education Sessions

A filled-to-capacity exhibit hall is not the only thing the WWETT Show has to offer. Education sessions are scheduled for the first three days, including sessions especially for plumbers.

Kickoff Party

New for the 2016 show is the Kickoff Party, an additional networking event scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Lucas Oil Stadium, which is connected to the convention center.

“Companies know that they need to be at the show if they want to be a player in the industry and the fact that it was sold out last year has them planning in advance,” Bisnette says. “There was no hesitation. Exhibitors jumped right back in.”

Although the exhibit hall is already sold, there’s still time to sign up for what promises to be the largest WWETT Show ever. Don’t miss out. Sign up today. Pre-register by Jan. 22 and save $30 on a full show pass.

See you in Indy.



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