EASA 2020 Canceled

Nashville plans nixed; full refunds in 30-45 days after first EASA cancellation since World War II

It was a long wait and dire effort, but the electromechanical service and repair industry’s most prominent convention has officially been canceled. However, the 2020 EASA Convention & Solutions Expo was an admirable holdout, with a questionable status up until now for obvious reasons derived from the coronavirus pandemic: social distancing rules and prohibitive measures taken on both social and business gatherings.

The storied organization, now in its 87th year, would have been holding the 85th annual convention. The EASA convention also had an impressive streak snapped: it had been held every year, consecutively, since 1946.

Two notices were sent—one public and one for exhibitors—via e-mail around 9 AM Thursday; these are expected to be posted on EASA’s website shortly. The group acknowledged the uncertainty, without committing to cancelling, last week.

It’s been tough not to feel the pain given the current predicament, with so much advance planning and invested money on the line for a number of parties: The following statement was still on its website as of 4/2:

We recognize there is uncertainty regarding the 2020 Convention & Solutions Expo. We will make the decision relatively soon (and within the constraints of our hotel contracts) regarding cancellation. If we do need to cancel, of course registration fees will be refunded in full. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the list of exhibitors that have registered for this exceptional event, as well as our sponsors.

Reasons for sticking to the plan would have been numbered. As the organization said in a statement, “EASA members support the infrastructure of the world (e.g., hospitals, utilities, water/wastewater, food manufacturing and distribution, agriculture and much more). As an increasing number of states/provinces and communities institute stay-at-home orders, know that these decrees make exceptions for workers in critical infrastructure sectors, including the electromechanical repair, service and sales industry.” This portended a fighting chance for the 2020 expo that persevered until as recently as the beginning of this week.

Some more detailed explanations of the thought process behind the scenes could be deduced from an e-mail sent to exhibitors 3/26:

“Dear Exhibitors,

EASA continues to consider COVID-19’s impact on the EASA 2020 Convention & Solutions Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. For the past couple of weeks, the Association, its leadership and its legal team have been in discussions concerning the effect of the global pandemic on the ability to have our convention in June. Current government regulations would prohibit such a convention. And, we recognize that even if those regulations are lifted, the viability of holding the event this year is a big question. Thus, the convention is “on hold”  in light of government regulations. The safety of our members, attendees, participants, and staff is our highest priority. Taking all things into consideration, the Association suggests that exhibitors refrain from placing any orders, paying any deposits, or making travel arrangements. As soon as we have made a final decision, we will notify you.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented and unpredictable time.”

Clearly, the esteemed association did all it could to make this happen. It does make sense, given the mid-June date, that holding out through mid-April (which would’ve reached a two-month advance window for a final decision) was a real possibility. This determination is not at the expense of anyone’s safety, as EASA has been spreading helpful safety information to combat the spread of the virus. Take a loot at EASA’s coronavirus resource page here.

EASA is turning to its webinar platform to keep things moving in the training arena. All EASA webinars are free for members in 2020!  These can provide a lasting way to fill the void. The association thanked its sponsors for making this possible; click here for a full list with filters. Meanwhile, the following EASA on-site seminars in various cities have been officially canceled:

Fundamentals of Pump Repair (St. Louis 4/24) canceled.

Fundamentals of DC Operation and Repair Tips (Indianapolis, 5/1) canceled.

Our thoughts are with all EASAns, especially the organization’s reliable staff, for whom this undoubtedly difficult. Electrical Apparatus would like to take this time to thank Dale Schuter, Linda Raynes, and the many others at EASA for their transparency through this difficult time, as well as our general appreciation for their many decades of great service to the industry. We value our relationship with EASA greatly, and fully support you through this incredibly difficult decision.


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