The Builders and Remodelers Show (BRS), an annual trade show for licensed builders, remodelers and registered contractors in Minnesota, will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Feb. 13.
The show, put on by BATC-Housing First Minnesota, features new products and services from hundreds of exhibitors in the residential construction industry. Exhibitors range from countertop to lighting to warranty service providers, among others. The breadth of exhibitors is one of the reasons builders and remodelers are drawn to the show, according to Nicole Coon, show manager for BRS.
“There’s so much for builders and remodelers to explore at the show,” said Coon. “We hear time and time again how beneficial it is to have so many vendors under one roof.”
The relaxed, interactive atmosphere of BRS makes it easy for builders and remodelers to visit with vendors in a low-pressure environment.
“It’s always fun to connect with those you work with and maybe find new opportunities,” said Kelly Davert, 2018 show exhibitor and general manager for Mingle, a kitchen and bathroom design showroom in Plymouth. “It’s all here, sort of a one-stop-shop if you will.”
Getting a first-hand look at the latest products and services is another enticing draw, with 98 percent of attendees saying it is one of the main reasons they attend, according to Coon. Exhibitors who register their new product or service are marked with a special booth flag and listed on an interactive floorplan.
Robert McNearney, owner of McNearney Custom Homes Inc., has been attending the show for the past five years and uses it as an opportunity to both meet new vendors and strengthen his company’s relationships with their current vendors.
“Be open-minded,” said Mc-Neary. “There are many opportunities to meet new people and to see new building products. This is a great chance to grow your business.”