IMTS 2018 was the biggest ever, no matter how you want to measure it. With 129,415 registrations, the show far surpassed the previous record of 121,764 set twenty years ago, in 1998. There were also more exhibiting companies (2,563) taking up more floor space (1,424,232 sq. ft.) than ever before.
Peter Eelman has been involved with the International Manufacturing
Technology Show for more than 30 years. First as an exhibitor with Warner & Swasey
Co.; later with Toyoda USA; later still as a consultant; and currently as vice president
for exhibitions and business development, IMTS. He also serves on the board
of directors of the exhibitor-appointed Contractor Association and is a former member
of the board of directors for the Trade Show Exhibitors Association. Eelman is a
speaker with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and serves on
the Metropolitan Chicago Pier & Exposition Authority Labor Council. As the head of
IMTS, Eelman is the go-to, make-things-happen guy for the Chicago Convention and
Tourism Bureau, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, McCormick Place
and the various vendors, service providers and trade unions involved in the complex
trade show process. In addition to IMTS, Eelman is also prominently involved in
shows with an international presence.
Chicagoans are very particular about their hot
dogs. To begin with, it has to be an all-beef product, served on
a steamed poppy seed bun. But just as important are the essential
toppings. If you walk into a proper Chicago hot dog stand
and order it "Chicago Style," you'll get exactly these seven ingredients
on your dog: yellow mustard, chopped white onions,
neon green pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato wedges,
sport peppers and, of course, celery salt.