It may not have been the warmest convention to date, but Sprayfoam 2015 was the biggest, highest-profile show yet. Headlining the event was Ty Pennington, who infused a special kind of energy and enthusiasm into the occasion. Comprising the first two days of the convention, SPFA’s Professional Certification Program closed in on a couple of milestones: 400 certifications issued and 100 field exams completed.
Beyond that, nearly 80 exhibitors, over 1,000 attendees–including, for the first time, the general public–and a record number of breakout sessions cemented 2015’s show as a landmark Sprayfoam Convention & Expo.
Perhaps the biggest draw of Sprayfoam 2015 was the convention’s first celebrity keynote speaker, Ty Pennington. He delivered an entertaining keynote address that discussed his career in construction and television, as well as his thorough appreciation for spray foam, and also took a number of questions from the audience. Pennington wasn’t just a stage presence, though, as he highlighted an exclusive meet-and-greet event held for show sponsors, presented one of the Industry Excellence Awards, and hung out in Lapolla’s booth at the Expo.
Spray Foam & Coatings
It wouldn’t be a Sprayfoam show without SPF, right? All the major systems houses exhibited on the trade show floor. Attendees were able to scope out high-pressure open-cell and closed-cell foam systems, low-pressure foam kits, and hybrid insulation systems for insulation and roofing applications in residential and commerical sectors. Additionally, there was a major presence of the fire protective coatings, roof coatings, and solvents needed for every type of spray foam application.
10th Annual Contractor Industry Excellence Awards
An important highlight of Sprayfoam 2015 was the 10th anniversary of the Contractor Industry Excellence Awards Luncheon. The winners and runners up are listed below.
• Residential wall
Winner: A New Millennium for Adobe House
Runner-up: Arizona Foam & Spray for Meerkat Manor
• Commercial Wall
Winner: Foam Tech for Spooky Nook Sports
Runner-up: Nunavut Excavating for Nunavut Multiplex
• SPF Roof under 40,000 sq.ft.
Winner: Wedge Roofing Inc. for Life-Time Spray Foam Improvement on Historic Residence
Runner-up: Arithane for Cedar House
• SPF Roof over 40,000 sq.ft.
Winner: RPC Industries Inc. for Great Hearts Academy
Runner-up: Henderson-Johnson Co., Inc. for Northeast Carpenters Private Clubhouse
• Specialty Applications
Winner: Western Pacific Roofing Corporation for Hildebrand Dome Construction Monolithic Dome
Runner-up: West Roofing Systems, Inc. for Charter School Gym Rehabilitation
No Sprayfoam Convention & Expo would be complete without a healthy dose of extracurricular activities. From the receptions on the trade show floor, to post-Expo VIP events, to an all-out rocking bash hosted by SWD, Sprayfoam 2015 lived up to the event’s reputation.
SprayFoam.com Demos the New Website
SprayFoam.com and Spray Foam Magazine both delivered major news during Sprayfoam 2015. SprayFoam.com debuted its all-new website that will launch in early 2015, while Spray Foam Magazine announced it will be printing every 2015 issue, beginning with the January/February issue handed out at the show. Attendees received their free print issues in their convention bags, and were able to demo the new website at SprayFoam.com’s booth.