MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - For the first time in its 25-year history, the All-American Expo in Middletown was completely sold out.
Organizers said all 93 of the exhibit spaces at Johnston Hall at Miami University-Middletown were taken by local businesses, service providers and other groups.
The event was put on by the Chambers of Commerce for Middletown, Trenton and Monroe .
Dennis Gamble of the PCC Internet Group said the event sold out because they've been aggressive in marketing the expo.
Gamble said the aim of the event was to strengthen the local economy by helping businesses to meet one-on-one with prospective customers and other businesses.
Only companies from the Tri-State area were in attendance and all the companies are American-owned.
"It gives us a great opportunity to talk face to face with people and other businesses," said Chris Stumpf, chief executive officer of Doulos Threads.
Stumpf said his company has been taking part of the expo for 15 to 20 years and it's been very beneficial.
Les Robinson, of Robinson Heating and Air Conditioning, said his company was there for the exposure as well.
Robinson said the expo gives them a chance to show customers new services and equipment. He said he has picked up business from the event.
Organizers said the event comes at a time where Middletown's economy is showing signs of improving.
Officials said six new tenants have signed to open at the town mall and there's new business in the town's core.
For more on the event, check out the chamber's Facebook page by clicking here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Chamber-of-Commerce-serving-Middletown-Monroe-Trenton/108102225897984?ref=stream .
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