GASC: Graph Expo More Exhibitor Friendly

RESTON, VA—The Graphic Arts Show Co. (GASC) notes that new legislation passed in May by the Illinois General Assembly will result in greater work rule flexibility and lower costs at McCormick Place for vendors exhibiting at Graph Expo 2010. Additional changes, including reductions in utilities, related services, and in food and beverage pricing, will also positively affect attendees. This year’s show takes place Oct. 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The legislation changes certain work rules at McCormick Place that will provide greater flexibility for exhibitors in their booth setup and takedown procedures. As of Aug. 1, McCormick Place will already have implemented the first phase of these changes, which encompass the following new initiatives:

* Expanded exhibitor rights. Exhibitors will now be able to do their own booth and equipment setup and dismantling using their own ladders and hand tools (power tools are acceptable), regardless of booth size.

* Standardized straight time, overtime and double time. The straight-time window for all skilled labor services, including those performed by Teamsters, riggers, carpenters, decorators and electricians, will increase to 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Straight time is for the first eight hours of the workday. Specific, standardized windows will be observed for overtime and doubletime.

* New automobile and small utility vehicle policy. Exhibitors will be allowed to deliver, unload and reload certain materials and equipment themselves in designated areas, according to outlined rules.

* Implementation of lower crew sizes. The crew size has been set at two people, unless larger crews are determined to be necessary for efficiency or safety reasons.

* Significant changes to McCormick Place’s exhibitor and technical services. The “at-cost” rate will be charged for all labor provided by electricians, plumbers and telecommunications installers. Additionally, exhibitor and technical services will no longer charge labor for installation or removal of electrical services smaller than 208 Volts, nor for tear-out of booth or meeting room work (excluding rigging or work classified as theatrical or stage production). Additionally, new competitive rates have been put in place for electrical service.