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 trade partners promoting our expo...

Distributor Buses & Promotions

Catch a ride to the EXPO via a NCEL electrical distributor sponsored motor coach. 

Distributors will be sponsoring busloads of customers to the EXPO helping their customers get the information they need while providing transportation to the EXPO.

Bus Subsidy & Thursday Bonus Reimbursement Map

How You Can Catch a Ride on a NCEL Distributor Sponsored Bus?

  • Rides on a Distributor bus are by invitation from the sponsoring distributor.
  • Select your pickup location from the list of cities below.
  • Select the distributor that you choose to ride with.
  • Select the link (a direct email) to the bus coordinator requesting a ride.
  • Enjoy the hospitality of your distributor partner on your way to the EXPO.

Distributors Sponsoring a Bus & Email link to their bus coordinator:

A complete list of locations and sponsors will be updated as we are notified.

Distributors must email the NCEL to be listed on this page


Connect with us on social media: #NCELEXPO

Download our mobile event app:  NCEL-EXPO

We thank our NCEL Member Distributor partners for their fantastic support of the EXPO.  Their efforts over the years have led the way to our EXPO's success:


Distributor Branding/Promotion Ideas for the

2018 Upper Midwest Electrical EXPO

Mark calendars, allocate resources – and plan to engage your customers with

  a host of promotions at the "Best Electrical Trade Show in North America"


The North Central Electrical League and the North Central Electrical Manufacturers Club are pleased to sponsor the 39th biennial Upper Midwest Electrical EXPO, April 18 & 19, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Join us in a variety of ways!

Now is the time to rally support for industry engagement at the EXPO, by:

1.       Sponsoring Buses of Customers & Staff:  Consider sponsoring a bus-load of customers and/or your staff to the EXPO.  All of your locations are eligible and encouraged to sponsor a bus, and get a sizeable subsidy for each one – from $350 to $1,150 per bus!

2.        NEW:  Promote your brand and company at the EXPO with an Sponsorship.

3.        Purchase tickets for customers for the NCEL Power Breakfast, April 19 at 8:30 AM.

4.        NEW:  Promote advance online registration – win VISA cards totaling $9,000.

5.        NEW:  Promote the EXPO and your participation via social media and websites.

6.        Capture our EXPO logo to align with others in our industry, put in email signatures.

7.        Connect with us regularly for the latest updates – and populate your websites too.


Let’s band together as an industry -- starting now, distributors can allocate marketing resources to promote your company's support and participation in the 'Best Electrical Tradeshow in North America' -- the Upper Midwest Electrical EXPO – the most vibrant industry event in our region!

This notice is to give you a heads-up advantage -- so you can leverage your customers' and staffs' desire to attend the 2018 EXPO.  Act now and start your marketing strategy!

As an NCEL member, you are encouraged to partner with your supply-chain allies in taking advantage of a host of marketing, sales, education and branding opportunities the EXPO offers to your company, your employees, and most of all, your customers! 

You will receive complete EXPO information and registrations in mid-February, but the time to start your marketing strategy is now.  Get ahead of your competition and jump-start your 2018 sales efforts by having your staff and your customers attend the 2018 Electrical EXPO.


Distributor’s Bus Subsidy:  We urge you to sponsor bus transportation for your customers and staff.  We will subsidize each 30+-passenger bus you charter to the EXPO from $350 to $950 based on origination.  Additionally, every bus arriving on Thursday, April 19 will receive an additional $200 per bus bonus subsidy!  See the subsidy amount map link below for complete details and subsidy amounts.  Distributor bus support is critical to the events' success -- we expect you will raise the bar again with even more buses in 2018.  Busing is a great way to host your best customers and staff -- you leverage a captive audience of customers while in transit, you provide them with easy entry and exit, avoid parking issues, and you provide a memorable experience that your customers appreciate!

Ø  Bus Subsidy Amount Map & Bonus Subsidy Link


NEW ~ EXPO Sponsorships:  NCEL member firms have a new opportunity to align themselves with the EXPO by obtaining an exclusive EXPO Sponsorship.  For the first time, we are offering NCEL member distributors a chance to be a Platinum, Gold or Silver event sponsor.  Benefits can include tickets to the NCEL Power Breakfast, advertising in the printed Show Guide, prizes for the Future Leaders Luncheon, logos on a rotating video-wall at the EXPO's entrance, voucher ticket on customer name badges, logo on our WiFi landing page, and assorted other pre-event and onsite promotions.  Contact the NCEL office for details on availability.  Don't miss your best chance to promote your firm to the 10,000+ attendees at the 2018 EXPO. 

Ø  EXPO Sponsorship Menu


NCEL Power Breakfast & Social:  NCEL has scheduled its’ annual power breakfast and social for Thursday, April 19 at 8:30 to 10:00 AM. Register online and in advance for the NCEL Power Breakfast & Social.  Network with over 350 industry leaders and key customers in a casual social setting, featuring full breakfast food and beverage stations.  Bring your key customers and leadership staff.  Support our electrical industry, and not miss any exhibit time.  Secure single or bulk quantity tickets.  There is no keynote speaker and no formal program, just a food and beverage social that provides numerous networking and engagement opportunities.  Don't miss this newly formatted event before attending the EXPO opens on April 19!

Ø  NCEL Power Breakfast Information


NEW ~ VISA Card For Advance Registrants:  All customers and guests (distributor personnel too) who register online before March 31 will be automatically entered into a random prize drawing for VISA gift cards.  We will randomly draw 18 names with each winning a $500 VISA card -- $9,000 total!  Winners will be announced at the event near the exhibit hall entrance, as well as posted on our website.  Winners must attend the EXPO (bring a valid ID) to claim their prize, and will be given instructions at the EXPO on where/how to obtain their winnings.  This $9,000 in prizes is an incentive that helps promote customer and guest attendance!

Ø  Advance Registrant Cash Prize Information


NEW ~ EXPO (and NCEL) Logo Use to Promote Your Participation:  We encourage all of our NCEL members to use our 2018 EXPO logo and our NCEL logo on all publications, and electronic communication for optimum and consistent branding for your company.  Our intent is to provide tools to align themselves with our organization and the Electrical EXPO.


Hotel Lodging & Rates:  EXPO Headquarters Hotel is the Minneapolis Hilton, connected by climate-controlled skyway to Convention Center.  Our room rate is $139 per night.  Call 612-376-1000 before March 25 to secure rooms in the hub of industry activity. Identify yourself with the our code of "NCE" for the best rate – at the best downtown hotel in Minneapolis.

Ø  Hilton Hotel Lodging Link


EXPO Exhibit Location:  The Minneapolis Convention Center is the only regional facility large enough to house our EXPO.  All EXPO events will be housed privately in the Lower Level of the Minneapolis Convention Center Hall A for your convenience.


EXPO Exhibit Hall Hours:

Ø  Tuesday, April 17, 2018:  CEU Training classes only -- no exhibits.

Ø  Wednesday, April 18, 2018:  10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Ø  Thursday, April 19, 2018:  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

EXPO Registration Instructions -- Opens In Mid-February:  Starting in mid-February, you will receive registration information to promote the EXPO.  Register all of your employees (both new and tenured) via our easy online registration portal through our NCEL website.  All registration web portals will be available beginning in mid-February.  All attendees must register in advance with their own personal company contact information to avoid waiting in line onsite.  (Please do not register your customers -- they will not receive their name badges in advance or be entered into the prize drawing if someone else registers them).  Start registering online in mid-February via NCEL's website – as usual, all EXPO exhibits are free to attend!


           Check out our EXPO Website for more information and new developments

Questions?  Contact NCEL during business hours (M-F from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM CST) if you have questions -- 952-854-4405.  Let NCEL help promote your company at the EXPO!

Connect with us on social media at #NCELEXPO


North Central Electrical League:  7851 Metro Parkway #300, Bloomington, MN, 55425.  952-854-4405.  www.ncel.org


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