Week of May 7, 2001
ATME-I exhibitors, visitors
By Devin Steele
GREENVILLE, SC Consolidating the American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International (ATME-I) may be an easy sell for show organizers.
But convincing exhibitors and visitors to support the exhibitions moving out of this area may take a little more arm twisting.
At least thats the opinion gleaned from a majority of folks questioned on the show floor during the latest version of the event a couple of weeks ago.
Co-sponsors of the quadrennial show, Textile Hall Corporation and the American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA), are tangled up on the issue. While the two sides virtually agree that the two-part show needs to be merged, in response to waning attendance and the changing business environment, they diverge on the matter of location.
Combining the show would make holding the expo at the Palmetto Expo Center its home for many years difficult without the use of temporary structures, which some oppose. Moving the show to another venue remains an option, but many object to such a proposal for various reasons.
The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando reportedly is being strongly considered, at least by some ATMA officials, to host the next ATME-I.
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