Home Builders Association Launches Large-Scale Trade Show in Detroit


The Great Lakes Builders Show — to be held next spring in downtown Detroit — is expected to attract 3,000 to 4,000 builders, contractors, remodelers, and other industry professionals, making the event the largest gathering for homebuilders in the region since before the Great Recession, organizers announced today.

“The Midwest has been lacking a first class homebuilders show,” says Bob Filka, CEO of the association. “And what better place to have a builders show than Detroit? The city is turning itself around and rebuilding from the ground up, just like the building sector has had to do following the Great Recession. Homebuilders are on the rebound and so is Detroit.” 

The show, to be held March 4-6 at Ford Field, is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Michigan. 

The event will feature exhibits on the latest industry products, as well as educational sessions and demonstrations on topics including safety and code compliance; financing solutions; green building practices; and how to find skilled workers. David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, will provide the keynote address.

“While many in the building industry have turned to online buying, it’s all about feeling, touching, and talking to your suppliers in this industry,” says Mike Flory, a Lansing area builder and the show’s planning committee chair. “We’re creating an event that builders, contractors, and other industry professionals throughout the region will see as a ‘must attend’ annual gathering.”

For more details on the show, visit GreatLakesBuildersShow.com.