New Orleans SGIA This Week

Just wanted to let everyone know I will be in New Orleans this week for the SGIA Show. This has traditionally been the biggest tradeshow of the year for screen printers, but not necessarily for textile screen printers. It is where all the newest technology is released or shown for the first time.

I love New Orleans for a number of reasons. For one, it was the very first show I ever attended in 1976. I was still in college, a senior at the time, and I skipped my midterms, took the economy redeye on Delta from LA, and promptly ran out of money the second day I was there. I was so motivated by the show I really wasn’t all that concerned about eating. For most of the week I lived off the free hors d’oeuvres in the hospitality suites. It wasn’t very glamourous, but I knew I needed to be there and I was going to do anything I could to make it happen.

This is my 30th SGIA show. I missed the 2001 Show, cancelled due to 9/11 and the 2005 Show cancelled due to hurricane Katrina. In fact, this is the first time the show has been back since the hurricane and I’m glad it is back.

This year the show is one day shorter than typical, running from Wednesday Oct 7 until 3 pm on Friday Oct 9th. Some of the biggest names in the textile area have decided not to show, and this is a shame. I can understand the double whammy of a shorter show and the generally dismal economy. It’s simply too much to overcome. That being said, SGIA is still going to be a worthwhile and meaningful show.

If you are in New Orleans, I would love to meet up and talk with anyone who has been to the site over the last year or so and chat. I’m always looking for opinions and ideas on how to make the blog better and more relevant to all of you.

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