May 2008 found the 48th Annual RSSI C&S Exhibition "Deep in the Heart of Texas" with yet another very successful event. The Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center was an outstanding venue for the 2008 event and provided attendees a taste of "Texas hospitality." The "everything in one place" setting gave exhibitors ample opportunity to mix business and pleasure in a relaxed atmosphere before, during and after show hours.
A total of 144 RSSI member companies occupied 314 booth spaces. Business was brisk at times and at other times folks had a chance to engage in uninterrupted conversation with folks that they didn't normally get to interact with.Although the ten and twelve hour days were tiring, most said the long hours were worth the tired feet and aching back. They were able to see all of the customers on their hot lost. "Hands On" (technical) people were once again a good percentage of the attendees.
Attendance, although not at record levels, consisted of quality people from our railroad and transit C&S counterparts. A total of 427 railroad, transit and government representatives along with 896 suppliers attended the two day exhibition. The supplier to customer ratio of 2.07 to 1.0, although again not a record, is much better than any show in our industry. included in the customer attendees count was a new group this year. Railroad Public Works and state DOT representatives from eleven states took the opportunity to visit the exhibition. The IRSE program is of great interest to railroad signal engineers and we are hoping to have the IRSE program sessions as part of our exhibition in future years.
The RSSI Board of Directors, members and the RSSI staff extend a big thank you to the railroads, especially to the BNSF and UP who served as co-hosts for the 2008 exhibition.
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