International President Lonnie R. Stephenson and Secretary-Treasurer Kenny Cooper cut the ribbon Friday morning, May 6, to kick off a three-day Expo and welcome nearly 80 union-friendly vendors to the 40th IBEW Convention.

From T-shirts to technology, investment funds, health care, tools, protective gear, and more, there was something for everyone among the nearly 80 vendors filling the 40th International Convention’s Expo Hall.

Milwaukee Tool drew lots of attention with its large-scale presence. Tools and protective equipment stood out in the exposition hall, but the lion’s share of vendors were technology companies, health care, insurance, investments, and others specializing in union services.
Klein Tools was another of the Expo’s most colorful vendors. Check the list of hyperlinks at the bottom of this story.

International President Lonnie R. Stephenson and Secretary-Treasurer Kenny Cooper shared a jumbo pair of scissors to cut the ribbon Friday morning, May 6, kicking off the lively weekend exposition.

“I want to thank all of our exhibitors. We count on you,” Stephenson said. “You’re always there supporting our activities — all of our conferences, all across the United States, Canada as well.”

Delegates wound their way past exhibitors to pick up welcome gifts from Chicago-area locals, giving them the opportunity to interact with vendors and learn more about the products and services they offer to local unions and union members.

Noting that it had been five and a half years since the 2016 St. Louis convention, Stephenson said, “As you know, because of Covid we had to delay things a bit, but here we are. I couldn’t be prouder to be in Chicago, my home state, my home district, and really I’ve adopted Chicago as my hometown. I’m very excited about being here.”

Cooper also thanked the exhibitors, many of whom already provide vital services to IBEW locals and the International.

“Not only do you do work for us and help us do our job,” he said, “but you help the brotherhood every day out there because you believe in what we believe in: the union movement.”

IBEW leaders encourage delegates and members everywhere to check out the union-friendly vendors and consider doing business with them:

Activate by Everside Health

AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

Allen Bates Technologies, Inc.

American Income Life Insurance

American Realty Advisors

American Roots Wear

American Technical Publishers

American Time Company

ASB Capital Management, LLC

Awards & T-Shirts Specialists, Inc.

BeneSys, Inc.

Blackout Tees

BMA Media Group

Cementex Products, Inc.

CIGNA Healthcare

Columbia Partners Private Capital

Cornerstone Benefits Management

Delta Dental

Eberts & Harrison, Inc.

Electrical Training Alliance

Electrical Workers Minority Caucus

Employer Health Services


EnTrust Global

Foster & Foster, Inc.

GCM Grosvenor

Hello Heart

Helmets to Hardhats

HGK Asset Management, Inc.

Humana Group Medicare Advantage

IBEW Education Department

IBEW Political Department

IBEW Strong


Image Pointe

Included Health


J.P. Morgan Asset Management

John Hancock Life Insurance Company

Klein Tools, Inc.

Labor First

Milliman Company

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.

MWG Apparel

National Real Estate Advisors

National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen

NC Media Services


NEP Services

Novak Francella CPAs

Product Safety Consulting, Inc.


RCS Union Software

Runkle Law Firm, PLLC

SAV-RX Prescription Services

Scarborough Alliance Group

Seminole Promotional Products, LLC

Southern Company

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Stars & Stripes

The Frank Doolittle Company

The Henry Miller Museum


Tyndale Company, Inc.


Union Insurance Group

Union Plus

Union Sportsmens Alliance

Union Strong


United Workers Assurance Co.

Universal Promotions

Washington Capital Management

Web Connectivity, LLC

William Blair

Working Systems, Inc.

Zenith American Solutions

Zubie Wear