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.
BMA Media Group
Cementex Products, Inc.
Columbia Partners Private Capital
Cornerstone Benefits Management
Eberts & Harrison, Inc.
Electrical Training Alliance
Electrical Workers Minority Caucus
Employer Health Services
Foster & Foster, Inc.
Helmets to Hardhats
HGK Asset Management, Inc.
Humana Group Medicare Advantage
IBEW Education Department
IBEW Political Department
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Klein Tools, Inc.
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
National Real Estate Advisors
National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen
NC Media 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
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Stars & Stripes
The Frank Doolittle Company
The Henry Miller Museum
Tyndale Company, Inc.
Union Insurance Group
Union Sportsmens Alliance
United Workers Assurance Co.
Washington Capital Management
Web Connectivity, LLC
Working Systems, Inc.
Zenith American Solutions