Don’t Gamble With Your Business—Attend AFSA41
The American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) 41st Annual Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition (AFSA41) is offering this year’s largest display of fire sprinkler products and services in the country! Visit Las Vegas and the top fire sprinkler industry manufacturers and suppliers October 16-19 at the Bellagio Las Vegas. This year’s event will feature over 87 companies in 122 booths, nearly 60 technical and managerial seminars, the National Apprentice Competition, and entertaining social events! This is four days with nearly 400-plus decision makers, representing 200 contractor companies—a valuable opportunity to grow your business, your contacts, and your knowledge! Plus, you asked, and we listened! This year, rest longer and rise later with registration opening at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 16, and 7:30 a.m. each following day. It’s Vegas, baby, and we know you want to enjoy it to the fullest!
Exhibits, Engagements, and Excitement!
The old meets the new at convention each year—reconnect with old friends while also having the opportunity to meet new faces. Visit companies from around the globe, each exhibiting innovative products and services in the industry. Leading manufacturers and suppliers will present the latest technology during two exhibit hall sessions: the ever-popular Exhibition Grand Opening Reception on Tuesday, October 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the unopposed Exhibit Hall Wednesday, October 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Exhibition Grand Opening Reception is the most anticipated event at AFSA’s annual convention. AFSA Chairman of the Board Jack Medovich, Fire & Life Safety America, Richmond, Virginia, will host the reception and will offer the first look at this year’s exhibits. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be plentiful as you visit with manufacturers and suppliers across the expansive hall.
The next afternoon, the hall will open once again to attendees. Here, the National Apprentice Competition sprinkler installation practical test will take place and convention goers will be able to watch as the top seven apprentices cut, thread, and install a steel and plastic pipe system with sprinklers. Judges will perform a pressure test on each system and calculate points earned in this phase of the competition. See this competition for yourself and decide who you think the judges will deem most successful!
Then, join AFSA Wednesday night as the apprentice competition champion is crowned during a party for the ages. The “Music Through the Decades” theme will feature top hits from iconic artists over the years and be held at the Bellagio Pool. This night of fun will include dinner, drinks, and live entertainment to cap off the convention. Prepare to dazzle fellow industry professionals by dressing in your favorite musical decade—while it’s not required, we heavily encourage it (plus, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes)! Finally, be there to see whose name is added to the AFSA Apprentice “Hall of Fame” plaque and takes home the top prize—the title of the nation’s top fire sprinkler apprentice and $5,000 cash.
Networking Around the Clock
Whether you’re mingling during the evening with a cocktail in hand, or you’re just starting your day at breakfast, AFSA’s convention is filled with networking opportunities! Contractors and exhibitors with an “all-access” registration can enjoy three hot breakfasts and three hot lunches. Gather together to share ideas, product information, and more all while breaking bread together. This meal offer is valid for one breakfast and one lunch per night reserved at the Bellagio Las Vegas in the AFSA group block.
AFSA’s NextGen Initiative will host this year’s Opening Night Party, Sunday, October 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at On the Record Speakeasy & Club at Park MGM. Enter through a functioning record store and shift over to a 1970s-period design venue. This funkadelic space will captivate you the moment you walk in with its decked out authentic music nostalgia. Selfie opportunities here are endless with a wall of antique TVs, framed vinyl records, and even a 1963 Bristol double-decker bus. Test your skills on one of the various pinball machines, sing your heart out in a private karaoke room, or slip away to the hidden speakeasy parlor. The fun never stops with DJs spinning and callers dancing! Take this moment to mingle with industry professionals, apprentices, the NextGen work group, and whoever else you rub shoulders with. This event is open to all-access registrants 21 and over. The relationships you make here could last a business lifetime!
The Bellagio, Where Else?
Vegas is calling, and this year it means business! Be sure to book your stay at this year’s convention headquarter hotel—Bellagio Las Vegas—and be transported to an elegant European resort. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the dancing water fountains synchronized to music. Once inside you will be immersed in the natural light bathing the lobby through glass ceilings along with the fresh flowers and trees of the Bellagio Conservatory and Gardens. With all the hustle of the flashing lights and neon signs that come with Vegas territory, let the Bellagio transport you to a calming oasis. Indulge yourself with lavish rooms, award-winning restaurants, and a luxurious spa, all while surrounded by works from the world’s most renowned artists.
Guests will enjoy first-rate dining options, exclusive shopping at Via Bellagio, and sophisticated nightlife at Lily Bar & Lounge, and the Baccarat Bar. In addition to the free breakfast and lunch offer for “all-access” convention registrants, the entire AFSA room block nested within the Spa Tower is located steps away from all meeting spaces. AFSA’s group rate for Bellagio Las Vegas is $284 per night plus tax for Run of House. Call (888) 987-6667 to make your reservation. Group rates are available October 10-23, 2022, but reservations must be made by September 16, 2022, to ensure AFSA convention rates. After September 16, 2022, room rates are based on availability. Be sure to ask the booking agent to confirm your reservation includes both the resort fee and complimentary internet.
Don’t let your reservation be hijacked!
AFSA is aware of third-party vendors soliciting AFSA exhibitors and attendees posing as our housing vendors. These companies mislead you to think they are working on our behalf. Companies that use this tactic include Exhibitor Hotel Reservation Services (EHRS) and Global Housing. They are NOT endorsed by or affiliated with AFSA nor its show, and entering into financial agreements with such companies can have costly consequences like no free networking meals nor complimentary internet access. To receive full AFSA hotel benefits, you must book directly with the hotel by using this reservation link.
Register online through October 14, 2022. After that date, registrations must be made onsite in Las Vegas, and higher fees will apply. You can read more details and register to attend all convention-related events at firesprinkler.org/register-for-afsa41.
AFSA41 Exhibitors (as of June 29, 2022)
AGF Manufacturing, Inc., Malvern, PA
American Backflow Products Co., Tallahassee, FL
AFSA, Dallas, TX
Ameriflo, Rossville, TN
ARGCO, Carlsbad, CA
Armstrong Pumps Inc., Toronto, ON
ASC Engineered Solutions, Exeter, NH
Asurio, Boulder, CO
Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), Columbus, OH
BAVCO, Long Beach, CA
BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems, Brecksville, OH
Brecco Distribution Corporation, Phoenix, AZ
Brooks Equipment Company, Inc., Charlotte, NC
BuildingReports.Com, Suwanee, GA
Bull Moose Tube Company, Chesterfield, MO
C-Aire Compressors, Inc, Dresser, WI
Centrury Fire Protection, Duluth, GA
Cintas Fire Protection, Mason, OH
Cla-Val Company, Costa Mesa, CA
Clarke Fire Prot. Products Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Core & Main Fire Protection, St. Louis, MO
Croker Div. Fire-End & Croker Corp., Elmsford, NY
Doringer Cold Saws, Gardena, CA
Driven Fire Consultants, Sioux Falls, SD
Dropmaster by Gecco, Inc, Factoryville, PA
Duyar Vana Makina San. Ve Tic. A.S., Istanbul, Turkey
Eaton’s B-Line Division/TOLCO, Highland, IL
Engineered Corrosion Solutions, St. Louis, MO
Ferguson Fire & Fabrication, Newport News, VA
Fire Tech Productions, Centerville, OH
FireDos US Inc, Houston, TX
Firetrol, Inc., Apex, NC
Gast Manufacturing, Benton Harbor, MI
General Air Products Inc., Exton, PA
Guardian Fire Equipment, Inc., Miami, FL
Hydratec, Inc., Windham, NH
IPV, Phoenix, AZ
JG Innovations, Inc., Janesville, WI
Job Gmbh, Ahrensburg, HA
Johnson Controls, Lansdale, PA
Kennedy Valve, Horseheads, NY
Loos & Company, Inc., Naples, FL
M.E.P. CAD, Henderson, NV
Milwaukee Valve Co., Inc., New Berlin, WI
National Construction Workforce, Indianapolis, IN
NFPA, Quincy, MA
NCCER, Alachua, FL
Noble Company, Spring Lake, MI
Nucor Tubular Products, Trinity, AL
Nuvo Solutions, Clayton, NC
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Pace Machinery Group, Inc., Wasco, IL
Pace Supply Corp., North Highlands, CA
Paragon Industries, Inc., Sapulpa, OK
Peerless Pump Company, Indianapolis, IN
Perimeter Solutions, Clayton, MO
Permabond, Somerset, NJ
PHD Manufacturing, Inc., Columbiana, OH
Polymer Molding Inc., Erie, PA
Potter Electric Signal Company, Maryland Heights, MO
Potter Roemer, City of Industry, CA
Reed Manufacturing Company, Erie, PA
Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc., Elmsford, NY
Ridge Tool Company, (Emerson), Elyria, OH
Safe Fleet Fire, EMS & Industrial Group, Elkhart, IN
Safe Signal, St. Louis, MO
ServiceTrade, Inc, Durham, NC
Shawfor, Calgary, Alberta
SIGMA Piping Products, Houston, TX
Snap Drill AS, Oslo, Norway
South-Tek Systems, Wilmington, NC
Spears Manufacturing Co., Sylmar, CA
SPP Pumps, Inc., Norcross, GA
Talco Industries Inc. dba Talco Fire Systems, Portland, OR
Texas Manufacturing Company, Whitesboro, TX
The Hose Monster Company, Lake Zurich, IL
The Metraflex Company, Chicago, IL
The Viking Corporation, Caledonia, MI
Tornatech International, Inc., Laval, QC
United Fire Systems, Kenilworth, NJ
Victaulic, Easton, PA
Watts Water Technologies, North Andover, MA
Wheatland Tube Company, Chicago, IL
Winsupply, Lithonia, GA
Xylem Inc., Morton Grove, IL
Zurn Industries, LLC, Milwaukee, WI