On April 12, 2021, attendee registration housing blocks will open for the 36th Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition – EXPO 2021. This three-day event will be held in person from August 11-13, 2021 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. Advance attendee registration will be available on SFPAexpo.com starting on April 12, and costs just $20 per person. The housing block for EXPO includes 750 rooms at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, which is connected to the Georgia World Congress Center.
Sponsored and conducted by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) every two years since 1950, EXPO includes many of the biggest names in the business displaying everything from commercial and portable sawmill machinery to materials handling equipment, attracting key representatives from the nation’s largest wood products manufacturers. EXPO provides a space for both hardwood and softwood sawmillers to gather, celebrate new technology, network, and learn about the industry’s latest products. Expo 2019 featured over 54,000 square feet of exhibit space and 181 exhibiting companies.
The show for 2021 is shaping up to be a record event. Not only will EXPO be one of the first large events in the industry to take place in person in over a year due to COVID-19, SFPA and Hatton Brown Publishers, Inc. have announced a collaboration on a sawmill conference to be held in conjunction with EXPO. The conference portion of EXPO will take place August 11-12, and will be co-located at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. The conference will offer a variety speakers, educational sessions, and seminars as an addition to the EXPO experience.
“It is extremely fortunate that the COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline allows us to move forward with planning for an in-person event,” states SFPA exposition director Eric Gee. “EXPO is such an important event for the sawmilling industry, and we are looking forward to seeing everybody in person in August. Planning a show at the tail end of a global pandemic presents certain challenges, but we are prepared to follow all state and local COVID-19 guidelines to provide exhibitors and attendees with a show floor that prioritizes their health and safety.”
As for the show floor, more than 95 companies are set to exhibit the latest sawmilling equipment and services for the forest products industry, across nearly 37,000 square feet of indoor space.Some exhibit space remains. “More than 81% of the floor plan is under contract,” notes Gee. “Many exhibitors returning from the 2019 show have expanded their displays for EXPO 2021, plus we have many first-time exhibitors,” he adds.
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The Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition has been sponsored since 1950 by the Southern Forest Products Association, a trade association representing Southern Pine lumber manufacturers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. SFPA’s member companies produce about 45 percent of the nation’s Southern Pine lumber.
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