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Metro Expo Exiting Contracting; Freeman Acquires Customer Contracts

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
January 27, 2016
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Dallas, TX – Freeman has acquired the customer contracts of Metropolitan Exposition Services in a transaction that enhances Freeman’s presence in the New York City trade show market.

Freeman said Metro Expo had made a strategic decision to “exit the event services business,” but provided no other details on the New Jersey-based company’s current or future status.

Bobby Lee, President and Founding Partner of Metro Expo, said only that Metro Expo customers would be in good hands. “Metro’s customers will have direct access to the largest suite of exposition services in the industry,” he said.

Metro Expo was launched in 2001 and services about 300 events annually from offices in New Jersey, Las Vegas and Toronto. Along with standard general contractor services, the company provides graphics, digital catalogs and audio-visual services through various partner companies.

“The New York market is very important to Freeman’s clients,” said Freeman CEO Joe Popolo. “We are honored to have the opportunity to support Metro and its clients through this transition.”

Freeman also said that some Metro Expo employees involved in contract support would join their ranks.

Freeman has evolved over the years into a full-service brand experience company that annually produces around 4,300 trade shows plus dozens of other events worldwide. In 2014, Freeman was the official service contractor for 53 shows that made the latest Trade Show Executive Gold 100 rankings of largest U.S. trade shows. Freeman carried out the same role for 52 TSE Fastest 50 events.

Metro Expo was not involved with any Gold 100 shows; however it was the service contractor for three Fastest 50 shows: STITCH (August), STITCH (February) and Texworld USA/International Apparel Sourcing Show/Home Textiles Sourcing Expo – all of which took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Reach Joe Popolo at (214) 445-1000 or; Bobby Lee at (201) 994-1300 or 


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