IT APPEARS TO BE A RETRO TREND: Hearkening back to the days, 30 years ago, when show organizers contracted directly with specialty suppliers, several associations are becoming their own general contractors. The most notable: The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, which announced in July the creation of PACK EXPO Services LLC (PES) to service the PACK EXPO trade shows. “We wanted to offer superior customer service, stabilize the costs of exhibiting, and take the hassle out of ...

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