Ottawa Construction News special feature
Boone Plumbing and Heating Supply hosted its biennial Parade of Product event at the Ottawa Conference and Event Center on Sept. 20 and the company says it was a huge success once again.
A total of 87 exhibitors showcased products from the plumbing, HVAC, PVF, waterworks and tool segments under one roof, making this the largest industry show of its kind in the Ottawa region.
About 1,000 trade professionals attended the show and got to connect with manufacturer reps, learn about new product innovation and of course enjoy Boone’s very own “37 Ale” brewed by Ottawa-based Kichesippi Beer Co.
“Guests started rolling in at noon when we opened our doors and it didn’t stop until closing time that evening, so we were thrilled with the turnout,” says Boone operations manager Marco Bélanger. “This is an event that has grown exponentially over the years and we are continuously trying to raise the bar by introducing new content that brings value to our customers.”
“Our clients really look forward to this day and our suppliers also recognize the tremendous amount of exposure that a show like this brings for their respective brands,” Bélanger said.
In addition to having exhibitors demonstrating the latest and greatest, Boone hosted classroom training seminars and certification workshops during the event, making this day more than just a social call. The Algonquin College and La Cité Collégiale trades programs were also invited to participate in an effort to raise awareness about the shortage of skilled labour and to promote local post-secondary trades programs.
The venue featured a “Boone Legacy” area, with banners highlighting and paying tribute to retired Boone employees with more than 20 years of service who contributed to the company’s growth and success. The banners will be permanently displayed at the main Boone location on Algoma Rd. for all to see.
“Our Booner culture is very important to us,” Bélanger said. “We recognize the contribution of our employees at all levels of the organization, past and present. Being a “Booner” means that we are committed to our company mission, to the partnership we have with our suppliers and to the success of our customers.”
The next Parade of Product is planned for September 2020. “We hope to see you there,” Bélanger said.