A generally upbeat mood at MJSA Expo

The mood was generally upbeat at the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America Expo 2003, held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, March 2-4.

“We had a terrific day the first day, and nice steady traffic [the second],” says Stasia Walmsley, MJSA spokesperson.

An MJSA newsletter said there were 2,500 buyers on Sunday, the first day, and 63 new companies, for a total of 400 booths.

“I’ve been very pleased with the quality of buyers the show,” said Doug Jeffrey, director of sales for Leslie in San Diego. “The bad things you hear in the economic forecasts are not translating to people’s business. People are looking forward to the future. I don’t smell fear.”

Thomas Ochrabka, president of Providence Chain Co, said. “Traffic has been good, although one minute they’re standing ten people deep, and the next it’s quiet.”

Isaac Flactman, a salesman for E and H Jewelry Manufacturing in Los Angeles, found the show better last year.

“People are looking, they’re not buying,” he said. “The buyer mood is cautious.”

Almost everyone has something positive to say about the move from the piers to the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

“This is the best thing for the show,” said Jeffrey. “It’s a better facility and a more comfortable environment. Booths are nicer, facilities are nicer, and in general it’s just a nicer atmosphere.”