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ABMA Wraps Successful BOILER 2024

May 24, 2024
Boiler manufacturers on Rocky Mountain 'high' after bigger, better, total supply chain show in Colorado.

Pleased beyond words, the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) can hardly contain itself this June in the wake of its BOILER 2024 event in Denver at the start of May. Just the second in ABMA's new series of bi-annual trade shows aimed at the entire boiler supply chain, this year's event drew 1,356 attendees and 111 industry exhibitors to Colorado.

Those numbers were up considerably from the inaugural BOILER 2022, which launched in Dallas with 1,058 attendees and 80 exhibitors.

"As both an ABMA member and exhibitor, I was extremely pleased with BOILER 2024," said event chair Eric Graham, national sales manager for Webster Combustion Technology, LLC, an ABMA member based in Winfield KS. "The attendance was excellent, and our company found tremendous value in participating. It's clear that the show's worth will continue to increase over time."

As chair of the BOILER 2024 advisory committee, Graham went on to thank his fellow committee members and ABMA staff for their hard work. "Their commitment to making this the premier trade show in our industry is both evident and promising," he added. "Looking ahead to BOILER 2026, I'm confident it will surpass expectations, offering even greater benefits to ABMA and all of our member companies. Let's get ready for Nashville!"

Shaunica Jayson, ABMA's vice president of marketing and communications, notes that the Nashville event will have a slightly altered name. "We're calling it BOILER Expo 2026," she notes.

For her part, Jayson also moderated the inaugural panel at BOILER 2024 for ABMA's newly launched Women in the Boiler Industry (WIBI) Professional Community. Also on stage (from left) were ABMA’s Board Vice-Chair, Nancy Simoneau, President of Groupe Simoneau; Kimberly Adkins, Chief Boiler Inspector for the Commonwealth of Virginia (the nation's only female chief boiler inspector!); Tricia Staible, ABMA Board Member and president of Robinson Fans; and Teresa Melfi, a Lincoln Electric Technical Fellow who holds over 50 welding patents.

"All I can say is that we're at the tipping point right now in our industry for the inclusivity of females in our workplace," said Simoneau after the event. "I am profoundly moved by WIBI and its meaning for many of us, especially young females who want to come into our industry and make a good living out of it. Being alongside of these amazing woman in Denver was a total privilege."  
WIBI's stated goal is to promote, inspire, support, and connect women in the boiler industry.
Look for much more from WIBI in the months and years to come, adds Jayson. In the meantime, ABMA can now begin setting its sights on next January's annual meeting in Savannah GA. For more on that event, visit www.abma.com/annual-meeting.
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Rob McManamy | Editor in Chief

An industry reporter and editor since 1987, McManamy joined HPAC Engineering in September 2017, after three years with BuiltWorlds.com, a Chicago-based media startup focused on tech innovation in the built environment. He has been covering design and construction issues for more than 30 years, having started at Engineering News-Record (ENR) in New York, before becoming its Midwest Bureau Chief in 1990. In 1998, McManamy was named Editor-in-Chief of Design-Build magazine, where he served for four years. He subsequently worked as an editor and freelance writer for Building Design + Construction and Public Works magazines.

A native of Bronx, NY, he is a graduate of both the University of Virginia, and The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

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