Listening intently and taking notes on the new Carlson CP100 asphalt paver is Mike Lina (C) of Mike Lina Paving Inc., East Aurora, N.Y. Providing additional product information is Kevin Comer (L) and Tom Travers of Carlson Paving Products, Tacoma, Wash.
At the Kasi Infrared exhibit (L-R) are Brad Anderson, owner D & E Coating Services, Blanchard, Mich.; Thomas Allen, general manager, Kasi Infrared, Newport, N.H.; Luke Reynolds, Asphalt Solutions, Traverse City, Mich. (proud owner of the truck in the background); Roger Filion president, Kasi Infrared; and Joe Melvin, Kasi Infrared sales.
Customer, David Joseph (R), owner of Stripe-Rite, San Antonio, Texas, stopped by the KM International exhibit area to talk (L-R) with Cliff Cameron, Kurt Schwartz, and Mike McGuckin of KM International, North Branch, Mich., about their newest asphalt maintenance equipment.
Talking about the new LeeBoy 8616 paver (L-R) are Bruce Morrissette and Kenny Floyd of Seminole Asphalt Paving Inc., a Sanford, Fla.- based paving contracting firm that already owns five LeeBoy machines and is considering buying this display machine as well; and Jim Wagner, LeeBoy Inc., Lincolnton, N.C.
Looking over the spec sheets and trying to work a deal on a Bomag machine (L-R) are Dave Dennison and Dale Alferink of Bomag, Kewanee, Ill., and Mark Peden, Potholes Express, Louisville, Ky.
Tennessee-based Caterpillar representatives discuss the features and capabilities of the Cat AP255E paver on display. (L-R): Mike Geruc, Thompson Machinery-Memphis, Tenn.; Steve Johnson, Thompson Machinery-Lavergne, Tenn.; and Caterpillar’s Mark Johnson, based in Nashville, Tenn.
Max Fox Sr. (L) and Max Fox Jr. (R) of Fox Brothers Paving, Burnsville, N.C., get a brief overview of the Vogele Super 1300-2 paver by Terry Cays, technical advisor of Wirtgen America Inc., Antioch, Tenn. The Super 1300-2 paver is a size class of commercial pavers that is relatively new to the North American marketplace.
Weiler representatives were swamped with curious paving professionals trying to obtain more information on this P385 paver and the entire Weiler product line.
The “SOLD” sign on the sweeper in the background indicates a good show for Schwarze Industries of Huntsville, Ala. (L-R): Howard May, president and Don Harvey, regional sales manager, Schwarze Industries; customers Jill and Clayton Boyd of Mystic Washer, Placida, Fla.; Greg Heyer, vice president of sales and marketing, Schwarze Industries; Jeff Leonard, executive vice president, The Alamo Group, Seguin, Texas (the parent company of Schwarze Industries).
Once again, representatives of SealMaster, based in Sandusky, Ohio, were out in full force to talk about their newest products and technology and their broad line of pavement maintenance products.
On display at the Buffalo Turbine exhibit was a prototype KB4 turbine style blower, which is the first unit to have a perfected propane heat system added by Track Dryer. This unit now produces a constant 200-degree heat out of the nozzle at hurricane force wind speed. (L-R): Randy Haudricourt, Buffalo Turbine, Springville, N.Y.; Charlie Hensley and Cody Hensley of Track Dryer, Stanford, Ky.; Marc Girod and Tim Burns of Prairie Paving Inc., Saskatoon, Canada.
The Nashville Convention Center in downtown Nashville, Tenn., hosted this year’s National Pavement Expo (NPE) on January 23 to 26.
Considered to be the largest event specifically dedicated to paving and pavement maintenance professionals, NPE provided attendees with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and learn new techniques through workshops, seminars, conferences and in-depth industry networking. Industry roundtables were very popular and provided opportunities for industry professionals to network and socialize while sharing challenges, solutions, and actual experiences.
More than 110 exhibitors participated in the show. Many manufacturers also used the NPE platform to unveil their newest product offerings, as well.
For the first time in NPE history, the exhibit floor was opened on the first day of the show for a preview night from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This was an opportunity for attendees to enjoy snacks and refreshments on the exhibit floor while connecting and networking with peers and get a sneak peek at the displays and equipment and supplies of the industry’s leading manufacturers, dealers, distributors, and service providers.
Bruce Monical of Wirtgen America Inc., Antioch, Tenn., was pleased with show’s attendance.
“What we’ve noticed about this show [and I’m not saying this is different from the other shows], folks are here for a reason,” he said. “They’re here to attend the educational seminars and are people in the business that are looking for what products, services and methods are available to them to improve the way they do things to increase their earnings while giving a better product to their customer.”
Dave Dennison, product manager of Bomag, Kewanee, Ill., also was pleased with the NPE show. “It was a good show. For the first time, we brought our new Bomag BM 600/15 trimmer mill and it drew a lot of attention.”