Record Crowd Attends Dallas Builders Show
Dallas, TX Expectations may be down somewhat for the
home-building and construction industry in 2000, but attendance at
the International Builders’ Show reached record levels last month,
according to organizers of the four-day show.
The Jan. 14-17 event, conducted at the Dallas Convention Center
under the sponsorship of the National Association of Home Builders
(NAHB), drew more than 70,000 building trade professionals,
including many with strong ties to the kitchen and bath industry,
show sponsors said.
“Builders have just concluded another fantastic year for housing
during 1999 a year in which the U.S. homeownership rate hit an
all-time high of 67%,” said Charlie Ruma, president of the
200,000-member, Washington, DC-based NAHB. “We’re all looking
forward now to a new era of home building.”
The 2000 show, sponsors said, was the largest of its kind ever
produced, with more than 1,000 exhibits showcasing the latest
building products and technologies across 100+ product categories.
Celebrity guest speakers included former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich and former First Lady Barbara Bush.