LAS VEGAS — The co-owners of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas are reviewing the security protocols for this year's show, which runs Oct. 31-Nov. 3, in light of the shooting spree that took place there this past week.
"We extend heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected by the events that took place here on Oct. 1," Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) President Steve Handschuh said.
"AAPEX continuously evaluates show security measures to strengthen event participant safety. The associations and show managers are actively engaged this week with local officials, federal agencies, and venue security professionals, seeking expert advice on AAPEX security."
MEMA and the Auto Care Association (ACA) are the co-owners of AAPEX, which takes place at the Sands Expo Center.
"We are investigating and pursuing additional security protocols to enhance current AAPEX security practices during our events the week of Oct. 31 through Nov. 3," ACA President Bill Hanvey said.
"We will communicate these measures as they materialize in the event that they might inconvenience our exhibitors and attendees, to allow them to plan accordingly."
The trade groups expect attendance of about 158,000 automotive aftermarket professionals from more than 140 countries to be in Las Vegas during AAPEX and the Specialty Equipment Market Show that runs Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at the Las Vegas Exposition Center.