MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. —The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) announced on Jan. 27 that the Expo at GEAPS Exchange 2016 in Austin, Texas, U.S. has officially become the largest in GEAPS history with over 409 exhibitors in nearly 250,000 square feet of space. The previous record had been 400 exhibitors at Exchange 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

“We knew we had the potential to set records for the Expo at Exchange 2016 in Austin,” said GEAPS International President Matt Kerrigan, EGT LLC. “GEAPS has seen tremendous growth in the Expo over the last few years. We sold out our initial 200,000 square feet of floor space early in February, 2015. We carefully planned an expansion, and opened up nearly 50,000 square feet of additional space last summer. The Expo this year will be our largest both in terms of exhibitors and total space.”

Limited space is still available in the expo hall. Companies interested in exhibiting at Exchange 2016 should contact the GEAPS sales team at conferences@geaps.com or 1.763.999.4300.

To help attendees make the most of their time on the expo floor, GEAPS offers an interactive floor map on the GEAPS Exchange website. Attendees can browse exhibitor listings by keyword, category or country, mark booths to visit and email companies for more information. When users create a new login, they can also save exhibitors and import them to the Exchange 2016 mobile app.

GEAPS is offering the Austin Mixer for the first time in 2016 to help welcome first-time and international attendees. The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to network with their peers while learning some helpful tips for navigating the expo from longtime GEAPS members.

Janice Kantola, Premier Components Inc., helped plan the event as chair of GEAPS membership committee.

“As the Expo keeps growing, it is important for us to make sure that every attendee is prepared to make the most of their time at Exchange 2016,” Kantola said. “Networking is one of the most valuable parts of being a part of GEAPS, and we wanted to give every new and international attendee an opportunity to meet their peers and make connections before heading into the Expo Hall.” 

GEAPS offers registration options to help attendees customize an Exchange 2016 experience to meet their needs. Registration options that include admission to the expo hall are:

For more information on registration options, visit the attend page on the GEAPS Exchange 2016 website.