Saturday, October 24, 2009

PackExpo 2009

The WTC, with help from First Energy, and with funding support from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development secured and organized the logistical details for a Pennsylvania Booth at the PackExpo Show in Las Vegas from October 5-7. 2009.  

The tradeshow focused on the food packaging, processing and converting machinery industries.  Sixty-seven companies from PA exhibited at the show, including 13 from the Southcentral PA region. 

WTC Members at the Pack/Process Expo included Elsner Engineering Works, Adhesives Research, and Westfalia Technologies.

Melissa Stiles from the WTC, together with representatives from the York County Economic Development Corporation and the Berks County Economic Partnership, represented the southcentral Pennsylvania region and the Commonwealth at the PackExpo trade show.   In addition representatives from the Erie Regional Chamber and from the Northwest Commission participated in the Team Pennsylvania booth.   

Melissa met with all 13 regional companies that were exhibiting at the show and the Pennsylvania team visited targeted companies at the show to promote investment in the southcentral region and the Commonwealth and fielded questions from various visitors to the booth. A total of 8 valid investment leads were collected.  A special “Thank You” also goes to Hershey Chocolate for sponsoring 125 lbs of Hershey Kisses, which were appreciated by everyone.

Show statistics:

Visitor Attendance:                22,721

Exhibitor Personnel:                11,246

Total Attendance:                   33,967

International Attendance:         3,580

Number of Exhibitors:              1,140

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