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Expo could help local companies

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By Nathan L. McBroom

More than a dozen local home and garden companies will show off their products and services at an expo in Louisville this weekend.

The 59th annual Trend Appliances Home, Garden and Remodeling Show will feature over 500 boots of regional and national companies in the home and garden industry - 14 of which are from Shelby County.

The event, which takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, is likely to draw thousands of area homeowners.

Gail Schell, the show's director, said for some companies the expo propels their business for the rest of the year.

She said the reason such large crowds come to the event is because of the ease of getting information about the products and services that are currently on the market.

"Instead of looking somebody up in the phone, you can come meet them face to face," she said. "Having a personal touch really does make a difference for many home builders."

The companies there offer services across the board, she said. From creating ponds or outdoor kitchens in your backyard to home construction and remodeling, the expo will likely have what homeowners need for any home or garden idea, she said.

Schell said one of greatest benefits in going to the expo is not having to drive all over town just to able to see the product.

"You're not wasting your time by having to go to each individual company," she said. "This really is one stop shopping."

Along with vendors demonstrating new products, free seminars will be given at the expo that are designed to educate and entertain.

Some of the topics for this year's seminars include cooking, painting and design.

Schell said most of the companies offer quality displays that are staffed by the most knowledgeable employees in their company.

Warren Whaley, store manager of Pro Build of Shelbyville, said he looks forward to meeting new clients at the show.

He said the expo is a perennial source for business contacts. He said it allows customers to see and learn about new products and services.

"It's about getting out the word to the public - who we are and what we sell," he said.

Bill Eggen, sales manager for Penrod Lumber and Fence Construction Co., said the majority of the people who come to the show are homeowners who have projects in mind.

"People now are thinking about what they want to do in the spring," he said. "And this is a great place to get ideas."

He said the show offers a full gamut of products in every area of home and garden imaginable.

"Everybody who has new and innovative products are going to be there," he said.

Along with hoping to reconnect with old clients and meet new ones, Eggen said that he enjoys the show because it allows him to get ideas for his own home.

Eggen, like other in the business said the current economic situation has been less than ideal. He said he hopes the show will help business pick up.

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Adult tickets are $10 at the door. Children 15 and under are free. Discount tickets are available at all Kroger locations for $8. For more information visit www.louisvillehomeshow.com.

Local companies at the show

Shelby County companies participating in the Home, Garden and Remodeling Show are: Derby's Pet Fence, Moleliminator, Poolhouse, LLC, Pro-Build, Shelving Systems Plus, Inc., Showcase Borders, Shuck Fence Co., Superior Walls by Kentuckiana Pre Cast, Walnut Ridge Log Homes, Inc., Something New, Closet Factory, Penrod Lumber and Fence Construction Co.