IDG World Expo Chooses The Freeman Companies As Its Official Service Contractor

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 8, 2001 – IDG World Expo, producers of innovative IT conferences and expositions, today announced it has chosen The Freeman Companies as the official service contractor for its world-class portfolio of trade shows. Exhibitors at IDG World Expo's events will benefit from Freeman's full-service production and decorating capabilities. Freeman has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to provide services to IDG World Expo's customers.


"IDG World Expo organizes some of the industry's largest and most popular events, and we're excited they have chosen us to help maintain their success," said John F. O'Connell, Jr., executive vice president and COO, The Freeman Companies. "Shows like Macworld and COMNET are a challenge because of their massive size and the hundreds of companies that exhibit. However, we have always worked hard to provide a superior level of customer service for these shows, and will continue to do so as IDG World Expo's official service contractor."

As the industry's leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo's events include ASPWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Internet Commerce Expo (Ice), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Macworld Conference & Expo. Freeman will provide production and decorating services for all of IDG World Expo's events.

"Our customers look to us to help make their exhibiting experience as simple as possible," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "The Freeman Companies' full-service approach makes the process of exhibiting easy and efficient. We have always had good experiences with Freeman in the past, and I'm happy they have agreed to become the official service contractor for all of our shows."

Freeman's full-service production services include capabilities for exhibit booth decorating and setup, audio/visual, shipping and transportation. The company provides services for approximately 3,700 trade shows each year, including more than 450,000 exhibitors.

About The Freeman Companies

The Freeman Companies is one of the leading full-service contractors in North America for expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibit programs. Through the combined services of Freeman Decorating Company, Freeman Decorating Ltd., Freeman Exhibit, Sullivan Transfer, AVW Audio Visual, Stage Rigging and Freeman Transportation, the company offers a single source for a comprehensive range of services from 51 offices in 26 cities. Headquartered in Dallas, the company remains privately held by the Freeman family and more than 3,200 full-time employee owners.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging ITmarkets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and Macworld Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at


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