Jersey’s Metro Expo Makes Holiday Contribution to Hurricane Sandy Responders

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Moonachie, NJ – After dodging a bullet during Hurricane Sandy, Metropolitan Exposition Services made a heartfelt holiday gesture by repaying the volunteer firefighters who toiled to keep their New Jersey headquarters safe and relatively dry.

Metro Expo decided to forgo sending its annual holiday gift baskets to clients and instead wrote out a $5,000 check for the Moonachie, NJ fire department.

One of Metro Expo’s 100 employees is a captain in the Moonachie Fire Department and was out in the teeth of the storm performing rescues while his own home was being pummeled by the gale, Assistant General Manager Larry Grossenbacher told Trade Show Executive.

“We thought our clients would feel much better knowing that any money that might have gone to a gift basket was instead pooled and contributed to a fire department that not only helped so many but lost a lot themselves,” Grossenbacher said.

Metro Expo’s staff held their collective breath as Sandy kicked up wind, waves and storm surge that inundated a trailer park a short distance from the company’s main warehouse in Moonachie.  Had the water continued to move farther inland, Metro Expo would have faced losing much of the equipment it uses to service trade shows throughout the New York City region.

But Metro Expo was instead able to resume operations quickly. The company was back at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center the following weekend to act as general services contractor for the ING New York Marathon Health and Fitness Expo held in conjunction with the cancelled New York City Marathon.

Reach Larry Grossenbacher at(201) 355-0605 or larryg@metro-expo.com