The Pre-Expo Expo: 2005 International Builders’ Show

© 2005 Door & Access Systems
Publish Date: Spring 2005
Author: Tom Wadsworth
Pages 34-38

The Pre-Expo Expo

2005 International Builders’ Show
Orlando, Fla.
Jan. 13-15, 2005

You could call it “The Show Before the Show” or perhaps “A Sneak Preview” of new products that will be displayed at the International Garage Door Expo in April.

Every year, major companies in the garage door industry show their newest products at Expo. But before those products appear at Expo in April, they are often on display at the International Builders’ Show in January.

Here’s a look at what happened in Orlando in January and a sneak peek of what’s likely coming to Nashville in April.

Claim to Fame: The world’s largest building industry show
Attendance: 104,922 (a record)
Space: 1,500,000+ sq. ft.
Exhibitors: 1,397
Next Show: Orlando, Jan. 11-14, 2006
Garage Door Industry Exhibits: 14

100,000 People! After a successful 3-year stint in Las Vegas, the Builders’ Show moved to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The new location did not disappoint, attracting a record crowd of 104,922.

Vanilla is Out: Wayne-Dalton supplemented its IBS exposure with these banners in high-traffic locations.

Follow the Red Ribbon: The large Overhead Door booth displayed its full range of residential products, including its upscale Ranch House Collection.

Big New Booth: Amarr unveiled a sprawling new booth, showcasing its wood and steel carriage-house doors, including a new 3-layer insulated Classica.

Entry Level: Clopay’s new Gallery Collection adds an entry-level door to its line of steel and wood carriage-house doors.

First Video Door: Amarr’s “world’s first video garage door” included eight video monitors that showed a continuous display of product and lifestyle images.

The Ribbon Banner: To increase its exposure to the massive builder crowd, Overhead Door added large banners around the exhibit halls.

Designer Door: Designer Doors, which markets direct to builders, showed off its high-end custom wood doors. The booth also debuted the new Timbercraft doors, a new economy-level wood garage door line.

Hurricane Ready: Raynor Regional Manager Roger Hill (right) explains the Raynor Hurricane Post system to a builder. With Florida’s piqued interest in hurricane protection, several manufacturers displayed their wind-resistant products.

Major Exposure: The giant Wayne-Dalton booth displayed 10 garage doors, including several prototypes of a new fiberglass-clad door (see NewsLines, p. 4).

Mirror Door: Clopay’s new Avante Collection offers a unique contemporary look in an aluminum-and-glass residential garage door. The door’s windows can be clear, frosted, tinted, acrylic, or mirrored (pictured).

More Carriage Craze: Windsor Republic’s booth featured new steel carriage-type design, such as its new Model 550 and the Model 756, a 1-3/8" version in polar white, almond, and sandstone.

Integrated Access: An innovative Chamberlain booth presented its products that offer integrated access.

Boost for Back-ups: The Marantec booth promoted its new Energie-Pac battery back-up, a new trend in garage door opener accessories.

Amarr Garage Doors
C.H.I. Overhead Doors
Designer Doors
Marantec America
Overhead Door
Summit Door
Windsor Republic