Working with Chicago Trade Show Unions


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Working with Chicago Trade Show Unions

  1. 1. Tips when working with
  2. 2. When exhibiting at a Chicago-land trade show,you are required to use local union labor or your own company personnel to setup your exhibit. Here are some unions you may need to use and a description ofthe services they provide.
  3. 3. • Electricians will install and dismantle anything electrical.Electricians • Be sure to provide an electrical layout plan when submitting your electrical request. This will speed up the electrical set up process and save you money. • If exhibiting machinery for shows like IMTS, Graph Expo or Pack Expo it’s a good idea to leave the machine locks in your booth (oppose to storage) so you can lock up your equipment immediately after the show ends. • Pre-wiring your equipment and providing quick disconnects can also save on your electrical cost. • Electrical outlets can be ordered to your booth and as an exhibitor you are now allowed to plug in standard equipment and lighting. • Machinery with larger power requirements must be left to the show electricians to install.
  4. 4. • Plumbers will provide the installation and dismantling of water, air, gas lines to your equipment.Plumbers • If your exhibit requires plumbing, be sure to provide a location layout, and valve fitting sizes when submitting your plan. • If you bring in your own fluids (such as oils or cutting solvents), its a good idea to keep a pump /containers nearby or use the show’s easy access storage. This way solvents/dielectric fluids can get pumped out as soon as the show ends. • Many shows provide gasses, eliminating the need for you to purchase them ahead of time.
  5. 5. • Riggers will uncrate/unskid, crate/skid and position your machinery. • You can save on rigging cost by uncrating your equipment before theRiggers show. • If exhibiting machinery, it’s a good idea to mark the location of your equipment on the visqueen carpet covering before the move in. This will help the riggers spot your equipment. • Having a company representative in your booth (with your truck driver’s cell number) during will help streamline the move in process and avoid re-spotting fees.
  6. 6. • Material Handlers will bring the trade show exhibit materials (except machinery) in/out of the convention center. • The charge is normally based on $/100 lb. carton weight. This amount will vary depending on the show.Material Handlers • Exhibitors can bring in computers small crates or boxes as long as it can be carried in without a forklift. This is referred to as “material handling”. • Make an effort to bring in most if not all of your exhibited material during your targeted move-in date, otherwise additional charges will occur for bringing materials before or after this date.
  7. 7. • Carpenters will install and dismantleCarpenters anything related to your exhibit excluding items related to electrical and plumbing. • Make sure your exhibit is properly crated in order to prevent shipping damage. • You can use your own exhibit company to provide the I/D of your exhibit. In order to do this you will need to fill out an EAC form provided by the show management. • With the new labor rules, as an exhibitor, you can set-up your own exhibit with your company employees.
  8. 8. • Decorators will assembleDecorators and install (non- electrical, non-structural) overhead signs. • Be sure to bring in some Velcro when packing for a show if you plan on doing it yourself.
  9. 9. Stephens SchaumburgMcCormick Place Navy Pier Convention Center Convention Center
  10. 10. Bob Hetzel Peter HetzelVice President President
  11. 11. ph: 773-925-6500info@dimensioncraftinc.com2600 W. 50th St.Chicago, IL