Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference to Co-Locate with ProMat 2011

After successfully kicking off its first-ever Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference last week in Houston, Texas, Maximum Capacity Media, publisher of Industrial Crane and Hoist, announced during the conference that the event will be co-located with ProMat 2011 next March at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Ill. ProMat is sponsored and organized by the Material Handling Industry of America, and Hal Vandiver, executive vice president of MHIA, attended ICHC to deliver the news to attendees.

According to Guy Ramsey, president of Maximum Capacity Media and publisher of Industrial Lift and Hoist, the partnership provides benefits to both parties and will strengthen both events. "By co-locating with ProMat 2011, the Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference will gain from an expanded audience and allow Maximum Capacity Media to deliver our conference to a potentially larger audience," he said. "We can provide added value to ProMat by expanding the quantity of information and education on lifting products."

ProMat is the premiere material-handling and logistics event in North and South America, and it brings together manufacturers, consultants, third-party logistics providers, publishers, and systems integrators to demonstrate their equipment, systems, and services to thousands of manufacturing, warehousing and distribution professionals from more than 100 countries around the globe. The event will be the largest international material-handling and logistics show and conference held in the United States in 2011. More than 700 exhibitors are expected to showcase their solutions on the 300,000 net square-foot show floor.

This spring, the ProMat 2011 exhibit spacedraw attracted 318 exhibitors who reserved 180,000 net square feet of show floor space—the second-largest, first-day exhibit spacedraw for any ProMat event, representing 63.2 percent of the projected final floor plan. According to the MHIA, this sends a clear message that the material handling and logistics industry is recovering from the 2009 recession.

"While some continue to struggle, others are beginning to sense positive economic change, this successful exhibit spacedraw bodes very well for both ProMat 2011 and our industry," said Vandiver. "It gives everyone something very positive to point to as an indicator of good things to come."

Look to for more details on ProMat 2011 and next year's Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference.