Tim MacDonald, President & CEO, Ideal Supply (left) and John "Satch" MacDonald, Vice President Sales & Marketing (Photos: Steve Pawlett)
With over 140 supplier booths, Ideal Supply’s annual regional trade show held in Stratford, Ontario is always well attended and this year’s two-day event was no exception.
“We had over 2,500 come through here over the two days,” said John MacDonald, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ideal Supply. Held at the Rotary Club Complex in Stratford, Ontario, the venue was the ideal location, offering easy access and providing ample parking for the flow of technicians and shop owners attending the two-day event.
“We come every year to learn about new technology and connect with people in the industry, as well as dinner out with the kids,” said Amy Van De Kemp of Accountable Automotive. ”
“It’s always good to come out and see what’s new and talk to techs from other shops,” adds, Paul Marziali of Marziali Garage.
Brent Hunniford, representing Philips lighting products at the Ideal Supply Show in Stratford was kept busy demonstrating the benefits of new LED lighting that replaces two-bulb fluorescent lights.
Steve Sedore, Ted Thiessen, Farshad Mazloumi of Hunter Engineering were on hand to demonstrate their latest tire machines to a steady flow of technicians attending the two-day event.
Shell Lubricant Field Account Managers, David Bates (left) and Reg Root, were on hand to answer questions about Shell products.
Jim McIntosh, Market Development Sales Manager, and Brad Dee, Field Sales Manager for Gates were on hand to offer cooling system solutions to show attendees.
Gary Petit and Yannick De Mal, April SuperFlo were kept busy fielding questions and filling orders from a steady flow of technicians over the two-day event.
At just under 70 decibels, the DV compressor line is one of the quietest compressor lines on the market making it ideal for small body shops or shops located in malls where noise becomes a factor. Biren Bhalla of DV Compressors was on hand to answer showgoer's questions.
The Gem-car team of Kevin King, Francois Latendresse, and Bob Worts were on hand to demonstrate the latest version of Gem-Car garage management software to a steady flow of technicians attending the show.
Providing everything tire and wheel related, Veritech Mfg. & Wholesale offers a TPMS system that has two sensors that cover 95 percent of the market. Anyone who buys eight sensors gets the installation tool for free. (L-R) Bob Bignell and Matt Bignell.
Mark Williams of Niagara-based SWS was on hand to answer questions and take orders on SWS safety lights which offer an industry-leading 10-year warranty.
Jeff Moody was on hand, demonstrating the capabilities of Protractor's shop management software (SMS).
Dan Dias, David Warburton, Ken Gulley, of Axalta were ready to field questions and sign orders over the two-day event.
3M showcased a new line of body shop tools created specifically for the automotive aftermarket. This new line includes two different style belt sanders, a pistol grip grinder and some cut off wheels. Demonstrating the new line are Craig Alvaro, Peter Magier, Erin O'Brien and Lucas Kolecki.
Clint Oshowy and Rinaldo Sardella, Hall-Chem had show specials on their entire coolant line for the show.