ATLANTA — The wait is nearly over. After a year’s delay, the next edition of The Clean Show is set to open here Saturday morning, welcoming the textile care community for the first of four days of networking, education and business development.
The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) is preparing to host thousands of self-service laundry owners and other textile care professionals in halls B1 through B5. Crews are busy setting up equipment, installing booth fixtures, hanging signage and staging carpet in time for Saturday’s opening.
Slated to run through Tuesday, August 2, it will be the first Clean Show since 2019; the scheduled 2021 event was delayed an additional year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roughly 350 exhibiting businesses and organizations are gearing up to meet with potential buyers and interested parties from across the commercial laundering, drycleaning and textile service industry. Aside from the many exhibits, there will be over 30 hours of free education sessions presented by five partnering industry associations.
American Coin-Op will be covering Clean start to finish and posting multiple social media updates each day. These posts and videos, along with photos from the show, will also be collected and displayed on the AmericanCoinOp.com home page. Onsite, the publication will be exhibiting at booth 4314, where visitors can pick up the latest issue, sign up for or renew a subscription, and more.
Things get started at 8 a.m. EDT Saturday when only distributors will have access to the show floor and the first education sessions occur. Exhibits open to all registered attendees at 10, and the show will run until 5 p.m. Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Complimentary shuttle buses will run each morning of the show from designated hotels to the GWCC. Buses will run about every 15-20 minutes from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday and from 7:30 to 11 the other three days.
The schedule flips during the afternoons, with buses picking up passengers at the GWCC every 20-30 minutes and stopping at designated points. Departure shuttles will be running 3-6 p.m. the first three show days and from 1:30 to 4 on closing day.
This 2022 event will be the first Clean Show managed entirely by Messe Frankfurt, which acquired Clean in 2018. New technology and show graphics are in play, according to Show Director Greg Jira, but Messe’s goal is “to bring the same great experience that the exhibitors and attendees have grown accustomed to over the years.”
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