The Hastings Training Show Hits the Road!

“I want to get back to my City by the Bay…”

No, I am not referring to the rock group Journey’s song “Lights” – I’m talking about Portland, Maine on Casco Bay!  Once again,  A.W. Hastings University is taking the show on the road this winter for our annual Portland Training Week – March 5th – 8th.   For the 10th year in a row, this special training opportunity will be held at the Fireside Inn and Suites directly off of Interstate 95 in Portland.  Registration activity has been brisk for our most popular workshops. We hope to see all of our Maine and New Hampshire retailers at this closer-to home location!

The schedule looks like this – we begin the week on Tuesday with Window and Door Performance, followed by Integrity Essentials on Wednesday, Marvin Essentials on Thursday and then we will round out the week with morning and afternoon sessions of Marvin “What’s New in 2013” and Integrity “What’s New in 2013” on Friday.

Whether a novice to windows and doors, or an experienced fenestration expert – there is something for everyone this year.  I am looking forward to seeing our northern colleagues in Portland!

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John Crane
Hastings Business Development

It’s LBM Expo Week!

Wow, it’s hard to believe that LBM Expo 2013 is upon us!   Initial preparations for this show began about 11 months ago and continued right up to… last Friday!

Packing Up…With Attention to Detail!

The show opens TODAY at 9:30 am and ends on Friday at 1:30 pm.  That’s the easy part.  The pre-show logistics and execution is where all the action is.  For this show we not only have the booth to set up but we also have a large meeting/presentation room, off the show floor, which has to be set up as well.

The final pre-show preparation began on Friday morning when all the displays and support material were carefully wrapped and strategically positioned on transport carts and then onto the truck.

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Hitting the Road for Boston!

Once the truck arrives at the venue, usually around 6:30 am, the real action begins.  The Hynes Auditorium, in Boston, offers some unique scenarios which make the entire move-in and setup process much more challenging than at many other show sites.  First of all, the loading docks are located in an underground garage area with only one way in and out.  The drivers have to back the trucks down the ramp and then squeeze into a tight loading dock space.  All I can say is I’m glad I’m not the driver!  With everyone jockeying for position and wanting to be the first one in it can get pretty hectic.  The Dock Master has his hands full!

Another challenge here is that you have to use a freight elevator to get your crates up to the show floor.  Again with everyone trying to do this at the same time the process gets pretty complicated.  You can’t be timid or shy in this environment.  We try to carefully choreograph the entire process by strategically off loading our crates.  The first item to come off is our 4 sided hanging sign.  We have the Union hang the sign, above the booth, before all of our crates arrive and block their access to the booth.  Once the sign is hung, and even before all the crates arrive, a couple of the crew members begin snaking the power cords under the carpet.  Once this is completed, the entire crew of 6 begin setting the displays in the booth according to a predetermined layout.  After everything is in place, the crew cleans all the displays and makes sure everything is in proper working order.

A lot goes into the entire process of planning, setting up, executing and breaking down a show like LBM and it takes a team of dedicated people to make it all happen.  A sincere thank you to all those who helped plan and execute what promises to be another successful LBM Expo.

See you in Boston!

Bill Jackson
Show & Exhibition Manager

Looking Forward to the 2013 LBM Expo!

The theme of this year’s LBM Expo, taking place February 6-8th at the Hynes’ Convention Center in Boston is:  Your Opportunity to Grow.  I can’t think of a more conveniently appropriate theme this year, because at A.W. Hastings our goal is to help our Retailers build their business – and we will be highlighting how to do that in Booth #303.

Each year, the LBM Expo gives us the opportunity to visit with many of our Independent Retailers – both current and future – under one roof.  We review what’s new from Marvin and Integrity, and talk about how A.W. Hastings is committed to your success. This year we will be highlighting the power of the products and how we measure up to others in the industry, and what that can mean to your business.  We will show you the differences between Ultrex and other composite materials, Marvin’s cladding compared to roll-form aluminum, highlight the evolution of Integrity windows, showcase coastal solutions, review remodeling & replacement success stories, and more.

Beyond the scope of the incredible design, fit, finish and performance of the products, we will also be asking the question: Are you leveraging our services?  We are dedicated to business development, education, marketing, local representation and building lasting relationships.  We live and work in your communities so we understand your markets, your customers and the challenges you face.  Stop by to visit with us and find out what we can do for you.

We look forward each year to the Expo to be able to spend time with the best Independent Retailers in the business – and we are proud to call you our partners and friends.  See you there!

Marjorie Murray, Hastings Marketing Services Manager

Marjorie Murray, Hastings Marketing Services Manager