On the last day of COMPOSITES 2013, both exhibitors and attendees were praising the show.
“The COMPOSITES show is valuable for many reasons,” said Timothy C. Price, vice president of The R.J. Marshall Company and general manager of Alpine Milled Glass. “It’s a great platform to introduce new products and highlight existing products to customers, distributors and suppliers. It provides us with crucial feedback and qualified leads.”
Joseph S. Prochak appreciated the education sessions. Prochak, manager of sales and marketing with Shakespeare Composite Structures in Newberry, S.C., attended a half dozen sessions, including this morning’s “FRP Composite Decking Contributes to Accelerated Bridge Construction Initiative.” His company manufactures FRP composite products, including light poles, cross arms and highway products. The session on bridge decks, led by Scott Reeve of Composite Advantage, provided Prochak ideas for making the cost-versus-benefits case to customers regarding composite products.
Even speakers—who offer invaluable insight to COMPOSITES attendees—walk away with new ideas. Robert R. Lacovara, CCM, CCT-I, principal at Convergent Composites, an industry consulting firm, led two sessions at this year’s show. “I always come away from the conference with my head full of ideas—things to research, new ideas to consider, new ways to do things,” he said. He is the former Director of Technical Services for ACMA and the originator and developer of the Certified Composites Technician (CCT) program. “I feel energized when I come home.”