A few weeks prior to the show, held April 7-9 in Chicago, Miller Freeman's Building Group submitted a proposal regarding trade show consolidation to the partners of the North American Expo: the American Supply Association, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association, and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating.
Inge Calderon, executive vice president of ASA, said that further discussions would be held between the parties. "We remain hopeful that some sort of solution can be reached so that we can give the industry what it is asking for," she told Supply House Times.
Todd Davis, vice president of the Building Group at Miller Freeman, declined to comment.
Negotiations may be complicated by a potential change in ownership of K/BIS. Earlier this year Miller Freeman was reported to be looking for a buyer for its share of K/BIS (Supply House Times, March 2000).