The Nebraska Business and Industrial Products Show is one of the largest diversified business expos in the Midwest. For the first time, Grand Island plays host to the two day trade show.
On October 3-4, the 18th biennial show is taking place at the Exposition Building at Fonner Park, located at 700 E. Stolley Park Road.
Exhibitors showcase the latest in business and technology; giving suppliers and vendors the opportunity to display their products, materials, and services for users and buyers.
For the first time, a group of 27 companies from China were seen at the show, becoming the largest overseas delegation in Nebraska Products Show history.
Expo organizers said the presence of overseas companies could be a benefit to all attending.
Robert Mancuso, CFO of Mid-America Expositions Inc., said, "We're interested in helping companies who want to export and increase their sales so they can contact us, some of the companies that are right here at this show may be looking to do that, to help increase their sales."
Henry Hu, China chief representative at the State of Nebraska Department of Agriculture, worked for two months to help organize the Chinese delegation. Hu said it's a two way benefit, "not only from China to here, but also from the United States to China."
Returning from a recent trade mission in China, Gov. Dave Heineman said, "We've developed a plan that focuses on jobs and education, part of that is international trade, that's why we've opened a new office in Shanghai." He added that communication with Nebraska businesses and overseas companies is important for advancing Nebraska business.