FenceTech 2016 was held in Nashville, TN from Jan 13th to 15th. Although there was initial skepticism, we felt that it was one of the most well-attended shows in recent history. The show floor was busy all 3 days. All the major exhibitors were there including several new exhibitors.
The leading buzz during the show was the new UL325 standard for gate operators going into effect in January. In essence, it has to do with enhanced entrapment protection. Here is a short video from Liftmaster that explains it in further detail.
We are glad to report that our DuraGates cantilever sliding gate rollers are UL325 compatible as the rollers are never exposed and eliminate the possibility of an entrapment.
DuraGates had a brand new display this year. Apart from displaying all the models, we were also showcasing the new mini aluminum model for smaller aluminum gates. It is a very economical solution for smaller aluminum sliding gates. All our products were very well received and we are looking forward to working with some of you on your next sliding gate project.
Overall, the business sentiment at the show was very positive. Everyone seems to have enough work, residential, commercial and industrial. The mild winter has helped quite a bit as well.
There were several new products at the show from the manufacturers we represent. BFT has come out with a new ULTRA Deimos operator which has a longer span to go across the gate. D&D Technologies has the new SureClose Easy Hinge which can be fitted over an existing gate to make it self-closing. Locinox USA also has several new products including a new Samson closer, a panic bar that fits over a Locinox lock and the constantly improved Mammoth Hinge.
Now, about Nashville itself. We felt it was a great destination. The Music City center was a fabulous location - new, modern, clean and spacious. Everything was within walking distance to great restaurants and country music playing everywhere. We would definitely endorse Nashville for future conventions.
FenceTech 2017 is another story though. The location, San Antonio, TX is great. The only problem is that it is over Superbowl weekend which is sure to affect attendance. Anyway, let's hope for the best. We will be there!