Cory VanHouten (L) and Jeff Richards, Columbus Equipment Company, answer questions about the Takeuchi, Kubota and Komatsu machines on display.
The 47th Annual Power Show, sponsored by the United Equipment Dealers Association, was held on Jan. 26 to 28 at the Ohio Expo Center grounds in Columbus, Ohio. The show offered area construction contractors, landscape contractors and farmers an opportunity to see and learn about the latest equipment, services and supplies and meet with representatives from approximately 150 exhibitors. Manufacturer representatives for many of the equipment lines also were on hand to lend their expertise. The show encompassed both the Bricker Building and Celeste Center and educational sessions were provided throughout the three-day event.
Formerly an Ohio Michigan Equipment Dealer Association event, 2017 marked the second year for the show as a United Equipment Dealers Association event. In January of 2016, the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association (OMEDA) and Mid-America Equipment Retailers Association (MAERA) merged to form the United Equipment Dealers Association (UEDA). UEDA represents 747 members within the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. According to Kim Rominger, CEO and executive vice president of UEDA, the merger was the result of a process that began in 2007 when OMEDA and MAERA formed an association management company, AMG LLC, with joint ownership by both Associations. Rominger explained that the consolidation of dealerships operating within multiple states provides a stronger, unified voice in communicating the issues and concerns of its membership.
The Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association formed in 1996 when several trade associations serving Michigan and Ohio merged and the Mid-America Equipment Retailers Association formed in 1992 as the result of similar consolidation in the states of Kentucky and Indiana. UEDA can trace its roots in Ohio back to 1893 with the formation of the Buckeye Implement Dealers Association and, in Indiana, to 1916 when the Indiana Implement Dealers Association formed.
The 2017 UEDA Dealers Convention is scheduled for Feb. 14 and, this year, will be held in Louisville, Ky.
For more information, visit www.omeda.org.