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Housewares Show to Stay in Chicago

Posted on June 7, 2010 by HFN Staff

ROSEMONT, Ill.-- The International Housewares Association said it plans to keep its big show in Chicago for the foreseeable future.

In an announcement made early this afternoon, the trade association said it is in negotiations with McCormick Place to continue to hold the International Home + Housewares Show there. Earlier this year, the group had suggested it was considering a move to another location if better terms could not be secured at its long-time home.

The IHA said its decision followed legislation passed last month by the Illinois General Assembly intended to reform the labor rules and establish exhibitor rights for McCormick Place. This is expected to eventually lower the costs of doing business at the convention center.

Phil Brandl, IHA's president, called the new agreement "extremely positive news for our industry. IHA's board of directors has long been in support of staff's research-based assessment that Chicago is the ideal location for its show, but only if the cost environment is competitive with other venues. This new labor reform will allow us to remain in the world-class city of Chicago and McCormick Place for the longer term."

Major revisions are expected in several key areas, including what work exhibitors can do on their booths themselves rather than paying contractors, reduced overtime charges, the opening up of electrical work to outside contractors and expanded food service options.