Globalizing business was the common thread laced throughout the North American Fire Sprinkler Expo™. The inaugural event, hosted by the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) in conjunction with the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA) and the newly formed Mexican Fire Sprinkler Association (AMRACI), provided excitement and opportunity for those looking to extend beyond the borders.
In a statement, NFSA’s new president, Russ Fleming, said: “I am absolutely delighted that both CASA and AMRACI have agreed to partner with NFSA to host what will be the first ever North American Fire Sprinkler Expo. By bringing together fire sprinkler industry interests from all over the continent for the NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo, for the very first time in the history of the industry we will have created a unique opportunity for contractors, suppliers and manufacturers from all over the continent to meet in one place to network, conduct business, discuss issues of common interest and to learn from the industry’s foremost authorities.”
While some contractors’ spoke of a sluggish market and a lack of prospects, the formation of the International Fire Sprinkler Association, may provide untapped opportunities. The Wheatland booth was no exception to this growing trend, as groups of people from South America flocked to our booth with interest in our products. Wheatland plans to become an IFSA member, as to give back to an industry that is key to our business.