The American Hardware Manufacturers Association canceled its annual trade show, thereby losing the battle with Reed Exhibitions, owner of the National Hardware Show, to stage a single national show for that industry sector. The two groups split last year when Reed moved its show to Las Vegas from its traditional home in Chicago. AHMA, which had been the show's sole sponsor for 25 years, tried putting on its own trade show in Chicago, but drew far fewer exhibitors and attendees than the Reed event.
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For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.