House & Home Show will highlight more than 150 exhibitorsWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual House & Home Show is expected to attract 10,000 people when it comes to the SeaGate Convention Centre on Feb. 19-21. More than 150 exhibitors will display their products and services in 250 booth spaces, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Toledo (HBA).
Tony Plath, executive vice president, said the community and HBA members are interested in the show.
“You can’t stop marketing, especially in these challenging economic times,” Plath said. “Financing new homes is still a problem, building permits and sales are down, but there’s a lot of demand for remodeling and home improvement today.
“We’ve worked hard to sell the show to the vendors,” he said. “It’s one of the largest events to drive traffic to the vendors exhibiting there.”
“It’s one of our premier events, providing an opportunity for builders, subcontractors and suppliers to display their products and services,” said James Moline, president of HBA and owner of James E. Moline Builders in Sylvania. “Business is changing and you need to market face-to-face with customers today.”
During the show, Moline’s company will feature its 100 percent Energy Star villa homes. The homes are being built in Toledo, Maumee, Perrysburg and Sylvania.
On Feb. 20, Penta County Career Center’s culinary students will conduct a cooking demonstration. Many exhibitors will offer live product demonstrations throughout the show.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the latest in “green” energy-saving products and equipment for the home, including many Energy Star qualified homes and products, Moline said.
Masonry Heater Store in Holland will feature Tulikivi masonry heaters, ovens, cook stoves and soapstone fireplaces.
The exhibitors include builders, contractors and suppliers who are both HBA members and non-members. Members receive a discount on booth rental, Plath said.
The House & Home Show is presented by Champion Window Company of Toledo, the “naming sponsor” of this year’s event.
“We’re excited about the home show that kicks off our season every year,” said Toby Tokes, president of the local division of Champion Window.
Tokes said Champion is a long-standing member of the HBA and wanted to help the organization by sponsoring the show this year.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for Champion to build awareness of our energy-saving products that are 100 percent American made and qualify for the 30 percent federal tax credit for replacement windows,” Tokes said.
All Champion windows sold in Ohio are made in Sharonville, just outside Cincinnati, he said. The Toledo division is one of 72 branches in the company.
“We’re certainly glad to have them as our naming sponsor,” Plath said.
The House & Home Show is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21. Tickets are $5 at the door or for half price if purchased in advance at the Menards stores in Holland, Oregon and Toledo. Menards will have a large exhibit at the show and is conducting an appliance giveaway promotion.