To meet the growing demand for more exhibit space from HVAC/R exhibitors around the world, AHR Expo Show Management has reserved the entire Dallas Convention Center for the 2007 AHR Expo. According to Clay Stevens, President of IEC, show producers and managers, more than 1,200 companies have already reserved the space allocated for the 2007 event with almost a year still remaining until the show. Consequently, IEC has now expanded the space to 350,000 square feet to accommodate the additional exhibitor demand. The upcoming expo is on its way to being the biggest show held in the Southwest for the HVAC/R industry.

The 2007 Show, running January 29-31, has already exceeded the amount of exhibit space occupied at the last Dallas Show held in 2000. The 2000 show, also held at the Dallas Convention Center, had a net square footage of 315,021, attracted more than 45,000 HVAC/R professionals (including over 25,000 attendees) and more than 1,000 exhibiting companies.

Texas continues to be one of the largest residential and commercial HVAC/R markets in the United States. Currently, Texas is experiencing a residential housing boom due to consumers' buying trends and low long-term interest rates, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. With the nation's third largest concentration of companies that command more than $1 billion in annual sales, Dallas is an especially attractive market for the HVAC/R industry.

According to a recent study by The Freedonia Group, the demand for HVAC equipment is expected to grow to $14.3 billion by 2009. This growth will be driven by the increase in non-residential construction and residential remodeling.

"The Show is off to a strong and impressive start,"