If you’ve followed Chip and Joanna Gaines, Jonathan and Drew Scott, or any of television’s other dynamic home-renovation duos as they tear down and rebuild a dream home, chances are you have a similar interest in the craft. You probably also know that building or renovating a home is a culmination of different industries and talents. Whether a tradesmen, homeowner, or prospective property buyer, the 29th annual Long Island Builders Home, Trade, and Remodeling Expo puts those with an interest in home improvement projects in front of all the pros to make things happen from the ground up.
Hosted by the Long Island Builders Institute, the expo taking place today, Thursday, March 28, features more than 95 exhibitors showcasing new products and services for both industry professionals and consumers. Home, trade, remodeling, rentals, assisted living and commercial construction businesses will be on hand to network and meet potential customers. While Long Island Business Institute operations director Lois Fricke is tight-lipped on what to expect — you’ll have to go to find out — she says each year these participating vendors unveil what’s new to the industry, appealing to both trade and end-users.
“Anyone from the general public interested in doing any kind of improvements on their home or office need to come to this show,” Fricke says. “It’s all Long Island businesses and companies that service the East End and Nassau and Suffolk counties.”
A lot of emphasis is placed on the fact the show’s vendors are all local businesses that have set up shops across Long Island, working from Nassau County to the furthest points east. Businesses located specifically on the East End that will be at the show include J. Ratto Landscaping and Riverhead Building Supply. Registration fills up in advance for this event that is planned out a year in advance. There are perks for businesses to participate, including an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) course and $10,000 in prize giveaways. For the general public, a $5,000 remodeling prize is on the table.
“Non-trade attendees get a card to fill out at check-in,” Fricke explains of the giveaway. “They have to go to 30 exhibitor booths and have it stamped. Then, the cards go in a big drum. The chosen homeowner wins $5,000 to spend with one of ten sponsors. They can spend it with one, two, or all of them.”
This year’s sponsors include Alure Home Improvements, Cosentino, Huber Engineered Woods, J. Ratto Landscaping Ltd., Macedo Construction, Maggio Environmental Services, Outstanding Plumbing & Heating, Plesser’s Appliances, Riverhead Building Supply, and Sterling Floor Designs, Ltd.
As part of the organization’s Long Island Home Builders Care charitable initiative, attendees to this year’s expo are invited to bring new or gently used clean towels for a towel drive benefitting the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). These towels will be provided to homeless children and adults given the opportunity to shower at the INN’s facility.
The Long Island Builders Institute was formed in 1941 as an association of building industry professionals dedicated to making Long Island a better place to live and work, by creating a balance between the economy, the environment and the achievement of the American Dream of Ownership in all communities. Fricke shares most of their membership deals on the East End as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties. According to the organization, members build most of the 5,000 or more homes produced on Long Island each year. It is also the largest residential trade organization in New York State.
The 29th annual Long Island Builders Home, Trade, and Remodeling Expo takes place at the Hilton Long Island in Melville from 3 to 8 p.m. Visit libi.org or call (631) 232-2345 for more information.