Press Releases - GLBS

October 22, 2014  

First Annual Great Lakes Builders Show Coming To Ford Field

Event will be the premier annual home builders showcase in the Midwest

Detroit, Mich. — The Home Builders Association of Michigan announced today that registration is now open for the first ever Great Lakes Builders Show. The event will be held March 4-6, 2015, at Ford Field in Detroit and will feature exhibits on the latest industry products, educational sessions and demonstrations on everything from safety and code compliance to financing solutions, green building practices and how to find skilled workers.

The last large scale building industry show in the region took place in Chicago more than five years ago but ended due to the economic downturn. 

“The Midwest has been lacking a first class home builders show, so we plan on making the Great Lakes Builders Show the premier builders show for the residential building industry,” said Home Builders Association of Michigan CEO Bob Filka. “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. Home builders are on the rebound and so is Detroit.” 

The event expects to attract 3,000 to 4,000 home builders, contractors, remodelers and other industry professionals. National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe will provide one of several keynote addresses planned for the show.

"Since no one else has stepped up, we’re saying move over Chicago. The Home Builders Association of Michigan is ready to bring the industry the type of show our industry needs to take it to the next level. While many in the building industry have turned to online buying, it’s still all about feeling, touching and talking to your suppliers in this industry,” said Mike Flory, 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.”

More details about the show can be found at the show’s website:

The Home Builders Association of Michigan is comprised of 26 local home builder associations from around the state. HBA Michigan’s mission is to positively promote the building industry and impact legislative, regulatory and legal issues that affect housing affordability.

Contact: Josh Hovey