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Global Industrial Raises the Bar on Its 2018 Trade Show


  • 1000 + ATTENDEES

  • 175 + Vendors



With 61,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ was home for a day to The Global Industrial Annual Trade Show on July 26.

More than 175 vendors set up shop, and together with Global Industrial staff, created a day that demonstrated what can be accomplished by working together. The huge trade show saw a constant stream of attendees, all enjoying new products and product demos by Global's premier vendors. Global also had breakout sessions through the day for attendees to learn about new Global offerings. In short, there were lots of opportunities to connect with products experts and get those complex questions answered up close and personal.

Kicking off the opening ceremonies on the evening of July 25 was Iron Man Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, who delivered an inspiring talk about his life and career. The day of the show Meadowlands Expo Center was filled with manufacturers showcasing their latest products and demos throughout the day. Amid great food, live music, and breakout sessions, right handed relief pitcher Goose Gossage talked with customers and signed autographs. We have collected some memorable moments from the trade show to share with you.

Global Industrial, a Systemax company, is an internationally recognized industrial supply company that has steadily and quietly grown to offer over a million products.

But who can really be an expert on more than a million products? Global can. Their people can. Their vendors can. And services offerings like the lighting retrofit and inventory management programs (office and warehouse managers - listen up!) are really backing up their expertise.

Take a look at how Global Industrial does a trade show. From cool vendors to even cooler product demos, entertainment, and famous faces, they transformed the Meadowlands Expo Center to show everyone how this industrial supply company is stepping up the trade show game.

Power Tools were the name of the game for DeWalt - the largest manufacturer of tools and accessories in the world. Demonstrating their "next-level power" FLEXVOLT cordless cut off machine for cutting pavers and concrete, the interchangeable battery (20V - 60V) can bridge the power as needed for everything from DIY projects to professional job site work.

Elkay National Accounts Manager Kenny Shwab, showcased its next-gen bottle filling station. These new systems have a digital counter to show how many bottles have been saved, and the enhanced diagnostic connections and remote control will address any alerts immediately. "It was well worth it to be able to showcase our newest product," said Shwab. Plus their booth was packed with thirsty people!

OccuNomix was definitely visible - a fitting description for one of the leading manufacturers of high visibility safety apparel. Displaying their hi-viz jackets, vests, and t-shirts, OccuNomix sales reps Kieran Keenaghan (left) and Charlie Gerstman (right) show a customer how they live up to their promise. Their booth was a big hit with attendees.

Ballymore did not disappoint with their ladders, lifts, platforms, and custom options. Ballymore is one of Global's most successful vendors. "This was a huge trade show," said Ballymore Vice President Phil Damm, "We were able to meet with hundreds of customers and potential customers, showcase our newest products, and give live demos, and provided solutions to specific customer issues."

Rubbermaid Key Account Manager Taylor Dalton showed us all how it's done - cleaning that is - with their ultra-durable WaveBrake mop bucket and Pulse mop cleaning gear. We're guessing their booth was the cleanest one at the show!

Iron Man Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr was present Wednesday night to kick off the opening ceremonies and Goose Gossage - right handed relief pitcher in a career that spanned 22 years - signed autographs and exchanged laughs with people during the show.

"We were very pleased with the large turnout, and glad that we hosted our trade show in a place big enough for all our vendors, employees, and attendees," said Marty Rossman, Vice President of Vendor Relations for Global Industrial. "We would like to thank all of our customers, vendor partners, and employees for making this the best Global Industrial trade show to date."

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