It’s a sell-out! Well, sort of, as organizers of the third Timber Processing & Energy Expo (TP&EE) are still considering whether to add exhibitor space for the event to be held September 28-30 at the Portland Exposition Center in Portland, Ore.
Nearly 190 exhibitors have purchased all of the available space, 56,000 sq. ft., in the primary exhibit Hall E. Show organizers report that an exhibitor waiting list is growing and they’re considering additional space options connected to Hall E.
“It’s a tough call, and a lot of logistics and quality considerations go into adding space, so you have to tread carefully,” comments Show Director Rich Donnell. “We have several options to choose from, if we go in that direction. At the same time, you don’t like to turn exhibitors away.”
TP&EE moved from Hall D on the Expo Grounds in 2014 to the larger Hall E for this year’s event. Donnell said the amount of exhibit space sold inside compared to the 2014 event is up about 17,000 sq. ft. “In 2014, which was a sell-out in Hall D, we had several exhibitors outside in the front lot, and we’ve been able to move them inside into Hall E,” Donnell explains. “And we had exhibits in a connector room between Hall D and E in 2014, and they’ve gotten onto the main floor this time.
“We’ll figure out the exhibitor space situation,” he adds. “In the meantime we’re turning our attention to building attendance.”