The 2004 Remodeling Show, held this October in Chicago, was the best-attended ever, registering a record 12,147 attendees. And if bigger means better, this year's Show was the best in quite a while. More than 330 companies filled an exhibition floor that broke through the 100,000 square foot mark for the first time since 1999. (Hanley Wood Exhibitions, a division of Hanley Wood, LLC, purchased the Remodeling Show in 2001.)

One new feature of this year's Show was the New Product Pavilion, which displayed more than 40 innovative entries in a booth just outside the entrance to the trade show floor. Attendees were encouraged to walk through the exhibit and cast a ballot for the best new product of 2004. Glass Innovators took first prize for a fused-glass mosaic counter sink. Honorable mentions went to Final Coatings International for Fire Flex, an elastomeric coating that prevents flame penetration on wall surfaces, and to Metwood for its Joist Reinforcers, which provide structural support and simpler routing of utilities through joists.

Conference On CD There's never enough time to attend every educational seminar at the Remodeling Show. But the next best thing to being there is to listen to a recording of the sessions you missed, or to refresh your memory for material presented in sessions you attended. In response to many requests from past attendees, all of the more than 80 seminars on the 2004 Remodeling Show conference program were recorded live. Tapes or CDs of individual sessions are $12 each (plus shipping and handling), and complete sets of individual sessions are also available ($399 for tapes; $459 for CDs). A single audio CD containing all sessions in MP3 format is also available ($199). Order online at, or download a printable PDF order form at the site and mail or fax your order.

Next Time Around The 2005 Remodeling Show is scheduled for Oct. 12–15, 2005, at the Baltimore Convention Center. Planning for the educational conference begins in January. If you have suggestions for topics or speakers, or have an idea for a live technical demonstration or on-floor clinic, we'd like to hear from you. Send your ideas to editorial director Sal Alfano at